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  • Ancient Gonzo Widsom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson

    I've been a Hunter S. Thompson fan since I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas back in college in 1973. The completely drug-soaked, high speed narration of a trip to Las Vega in search of "the American Dream," was a breakthrough, a new style of writing that I found entertaining and entralling...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 11-20-2009
  • Fall YA reads

    Being a teenager means having to deal with a lot of changes. Whether it is at home, in school, with friends, or a boyfriend/girlfriend, sometimes it is nice to come across a book that you can relate to and makes you feel like you're not alone in your problems. Recently, I have read three YA novels...
    Posted to Teens Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 11-09-2009
  • The Clash's "London Calling" Still Rocks!

    I have been listening to London Calling - the Clash's 1979 breakout album - on my morning drive recently, and wanted to blog about how fresh it still seems after 30 years. In fact, it's hard to believe that it was 30 years ago that I was first entranced by the hypnotic sounds of the title track...
    Posted to Music Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 11-07-2009
  • Recent Chick Lit Reads

    In the past few weeks since my last blog post, I have been on a chick-lit rampage. I have been speed-reading through recent releases like I don't have a hundred other things to do. Laundry piled up, kitchen didn't get cleaned, and packing for my move didn't happen. These three books are part...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 10-14-2009
  • The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart A. P. Murray

    This very readable and lavishly illustrated book is a survey of libraries, from the earliest gatherings of clay tablets in the library at Nineveh to the present grandeur of the Library of Congress. It is full of the characters of library history as well: from King Assurbanipal in 700 BCE, Mansa Musa...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 10-05-2009
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    When I went home a little while back, I saw a copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my little sister's room. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I went home and started reading the battered copy on my bookshelf. I don't know how many times I have read this book (almost as many as Harper Lee's To Kill...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 09-30-2009
  • Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs

    Anyone familiar with John Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven will be familiar with the polygamous, Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS). In that book Krakauer recounts how religious polygamy was often used as a cover for pedophilia, and how anyone who questioned the motives...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 09-28-2009
  • Easy Virtue

    I am a huge fan of Colin Firth. I might question his decision to make films such as What a Girl Wants , but he easily redeems himself with performances in Love Actually, Then She Found Me, and now Easy Virtue. In this movie, Firth plays the distant father and husband of an English family living in a...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 09-23-2009
  • Sunshine Cleaning

    Rose and Norah were little girls when their little mother died. They both came in from playing in the yard to find their mom dead in the bathroom, an apparent suicide. As the two girls grow up, that day shapes their lives. Rose is a single mother working hard as a house cleaner to raise her son, while...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 09-16-2009
  • "Hot Fuzz" a modern spoof film worth watching

    While channel surfing several weekends ago, I happened upon Naked Gun 33 1/3 airing on Comedy Central. I used to love the Naked Gun series, with Leslie Nielsen portraying a bumbling Lieutenant Frank Drebin. It made me recall some of the other "classic" (I use that word subjectively) spoof films...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 09-15-2009
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