bubble for one

Checking in new books at the library, I set one aside called The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser. The subtitle is what caught my attention: What the Internet is Hiding from You. Now, I know the Internet is data mining my every move and personalizing my searches, but I don’t…

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zombies are academic

Moreman, Christopher M and Cory James Rushton, eds. Race, Oppression and the Zombie: Essays on Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the Caribbean Tradition. McFarland, 2011. Editors Christopher M Moreman and Cory James Rushton have compiled an excellent source of zombie research. Their introduction is a must-read for understanding the historical placement of…

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returning the romantic touch of the book

The November/December issue of Crafts Magazine has a feature article that warmed my fiber art-librarian heart. Judging a Book by its Cover by Zoe Blacker introduced me to a new side of the publisher Penguin Books.   With all of the controversy and anxiety in the current news over e-books,…

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libraries and books

A recent Library Babel Fish blog post from Inside Higher Ed has me again thinking about The Future of the Academic Library: A Symposium: Bridging the Gap. Sponsored by Library Journal and EBSCO Host, the free conference was held at Temple University on Friday, November 11. At Library Babel Fish,…

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the secret life of the lonely doll

What made me pick up a second-hand copy of Jean Nathan’s The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll I can’t recall. But, after reading the prologue, I stopped at the local library branch and checked out four of Dare Wright’s children’s books. As a child, I had never read the…

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