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Of Interest: Morrissey, The Talmud, The Occupy Movement “Explained” and The Best of Early Vanity Fair October 20, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

“The solution to all predicaments is the goodness of privacy in a warm room with books” – Morrissey He is near the top of most lists ranking the world’s best songwriters and his tenure with The Smiths had a monumental impact on the 1980’s music scene yet by reading his Autobiography one has to shake their head in disbelief at the resistance his road to success has endured. The polluted record industry and corrupt legal system weigh…

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Urban Librarians Unite (and take over?) February 11, 2013

“Even if the library itself is in ruins the librarians are still thinking of them” – Urban Librarians Unite There is still plenty that is upside down in New York City from Hurricane Sandy including the library system. Many libraries are still closed leaving some communities and families without access to books. Thanks to Urban Librarians Unite, a group of library professionals interested in creating and supporting libraries, library staff, and librarianship in urban settings, help has arrived. Here’s what’s…

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Occupy Book Art: Richard Minsky’s House of Cards July 24, 2012

Pop DelusionsA House of Credit Cards(backed with Chinese money)Richard Minsky, 2012 10″ x 13¼” x 13¼” Minsky’s credit cards, Chinese paper money, 23K gold leaf, binders’ board, bookcloth, felt, linen tape, wood, J. B. Green handmade paper, acrylic, US$10 bills. It is the glory and good of Art, That Art remains the one way possible Of speaking truths, to mouths like mine at least. – Robert Browning The latest work from book art master Richard…

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The ‘Little Library’ in the Big Picture June 1, 2012

OK everyone, put on your long read hat and settle in. Shannon Mattern has a must read essay on the Design Observer blog Places titled Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins. In it she looks at the recent rise of the mini, pop-up, guerrilla and ad-hoc library and tries “to figure out where they’re coming from, how they relate to existing institutions that perform similar roles, and what impact they’re having on their communities.” “Nowadays…

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The Kids are Alright: 4th-Graders in Detroit Take Library Matters Into Their Own Hands April 14, 2012

 Rashard Baker gets some book suggestions from U-M lecturer Melanie Manos outside the closed Richard branch of the Detroit Public Library on Thursday. An outdoor library offered something interesting for him to read during spring break. / MANDI WRIGHT/Detroit Free Press Back in December The Detroit Public Library Commission voted to close four branches. One way to get books back into a library-deprived community is to take matters into your own hands. And that is…

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