books + libraries

Among the Ghosts

by meanlouise October 13, 2010 books + libraries

To purge some of the crap I’ve been reading from the top of my brain, I read Amber Benson’s charming new book, Among the Ghosts. AMBER BENSON co-wrote and directed the animated web-series, Ghosts of Albion, (with Christopher Golden) for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. [edit] […]

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Spook

by meanlouise October 2, 2010 books + libraries

Today I’m enjoying the nice weather and finishing a very entertaining book, Mary Roach’s Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. If Roach’s name is familiar, it might be because she’s back on bestseller lists with her latest, Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void. The chapter on EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) was […]

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The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut

by meanlouise July 18, 2010 books + libraries

In this week’s New Yorker, Nora Ephron hilariously lampoons the 1st three of maybe four books in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. If you haven’t read the books but plan to (ahem, Husband), you probably shouldn’t click the link and read the whole piece. It won’t make much sense but it might spoil some plot points […]

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Abraham Lincoln

by meanlouise April 14, 2010 books + libraries

I’m a bit bored by the idea of Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter, whether in a book or a movie. Not because I’m tired of horror mash-ups – although I probably am – but because I think Mike Mignola’s Lincoln does such a bang-up job fighting evil in The Amazing Screw On Head that […]

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Save Ohio Libraries

by meanlouise June 24, 2009 books + libraries

Across the country, public libraries are being crippled by budget cuts. People in the state of Ohio have mounted an aggressive campaign, Save Ohio Libraries and are holding rallies, utilizing social media and encouraging citizen action. The Governor wants to cut the budget for public libraries by 50%. About 70% of public libraries in Ohio […]

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Found!

by meanlouise May 4, 2009 books + libraries

Yesterday Husband and I went to Baltimore for lunch and an excursion to a favorite indie bookstore,Atomic Books. The occasion for our visit was a stop on the latest Found Magazine tour, the Denim and Diamonds Tour. We could have just waited til evening and gone to the evening appearance in DC at the Warehouse, […]

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The Onion: "Lovecraftian School Board Member Wants Madness Added To Curriculum"

by meanlouise March 2, 2009 books + libraries

West’s previous failed proposals include requiring the high school band to perform the tuneless flute songs of the blind idiot god Azathoth and offering art students instruction in the carving of morbid and obscene fetishes from otherworldly media. Several parents attending the meeting were not impressed by West’s outburst. “Last month, he wanted us to […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

by meanlouise March 2, 2009 books + libraries

Today is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Dr Seuss. Celebrate accordingly. (google is)

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Cajun Boy in the City's quote of the day

by meanlouise February 3, 2009 books + libraries

Don’t know why this got stuck in the drafts file – maybe I was going to obsess over the introduction to the quotation for a while? I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in bed or stretched on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy. I’ve […]

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bookmeme

by meanlouise November 29, 2008 books + libraries

I’m following Erqsome’s book meme. When I copied & pasted the list I almost left her commentary because I so agreed with her assessments. I think we’ve bonded in the past over our mutual dislike of Catcher in the Rye and Wuthering Heights, but I also think there was bourbon involved so I can’t be […]

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