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Red or Dead

Sports don’t do well in fiction. The drama within the game and the drama outside the game address many of the benchmarks of good fiction: conflict, suffering, and achievement to name a few. Yet, sport occupies its world and fiction its world. Don DeLillo’s Underworld begins with an exceptional fictionalized account of Bobby Thomson’s 1951 Shot Heard’ Round the World, but the remaining 750 pages veer away from baseball.

The game might be changing. David Peace’s latest novel Red or Dead is decidedly about sport, soccer, and might win some literary prizes

Back to the Drawing Board!

When the thermometer hits 103 degrees and you’re wrinkled as a prune from hanging out in the pool—you’re going need something new to do, right? It’s too hot go outside. You’re “vehically-challenged” and can’t really go anywhere. The buttons on your game console have lost their spring from countless rounds of Donkey Kong. Now is a great time to flex your drawing skills!

My "For Later" Shelf Can Beat Up Your "For Later" Shelf

Are you using the For Later shelf? Do you know how it works? Need some instruction? Here’s a link to a page we call How to Use the Catalog; you’ll find the following link there: Learn more about shelves. (Some library lingo is ambiguous, but these are a couple of aptly named pages.)   

Let me tell you about the For Later shelf because it’s my favorite feature of bibliocommons, in fact, since I usually end up there anyway, I’m getting in the habit of starting at the For Later page.

 

The Times Were A-Changin'

Today we celebrate the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited discrimination in employment, schools and public places. During the 1960s both African Americans and Mexican Americans took part in national movements intended to bring down racial barriers.This was a time when African Americans faced death threats for trying to vote and restaurants had signs that read “No Mexicans”. Women were not allowed to be police officers.

The Ugly

Eli Wallach died last Tuesday. If you've watched The Good the Bad and the Ugly 20 times, as every human should, He's the reason. If you've had to splash your face with cool water (or sip iced lemonade) after the swing-set scene in Baby Doll, thank Eli. 

Women in Comics: Getting out of refrigerators to write their own stories!

You may have read the article “Girls Gone Geek” in a recent issue of the Austin Chronicle. It mentions Gail Simone’s famous (in some circles) list Women in Refrigerators. The list – a reaction to Green Lantern's girlfriend being murdered and stuffed into a refrigerator – draws attention to the way (mostly male) comics creators brutalize women in their storylines. She makes a startlingly long list of the characters and then gathers some reactions from people in the industry. I started to think about this and feel pretty happy about how far we’ve come!

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