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FRT–Oh Serena

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First ten songs on iTunes shuffle, plus a video:

1. Fear–“Public Hangings”

2. Deerhunter–“Tape Hiss Orchid”

3. Cofer Brothers–“The Great Ship Went Down”

4. Lou Reed–“Andy’s Chest”

5. The Fugees–“Fu-Gee-La (Refugee Camp Remix)”

6. Ladytron–“Jet Age”

7. Blonde Redhead–“Ballad of Lemons”

8. Fanfarlo–“Devil Town”

9. Condo Fucks–“Dog Meat”

10. The Distillers–“Oh Serena”

The Distillers performing “Oh Serena”

I realize the videos have been pretty punk-heavy lately. You can thank me or admonish me for that in comments 🙂 The truth is that there are surprisingly few music videos out there that correlate with the songs that come up in these lists so far, so I haven’t had much choice yet! There’s enough other stuff hidin’ in my iTunes catalog though, so it won’t last forever. Probably.

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April 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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Found in Used Books, #2

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This is the second post in a series, and is also the second found item in a row relating to baseball.

A ticket to a “Cincinnati vs. San Diego” baseball game, May 19th, 1973, found inside a copy of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown.

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April 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Chimamanda Adichie and “the danger of the single story”

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If you’ve got an extra 20 minutes, consider watching this talk that author Chimamanda Adichie gives about the power to shape and frame stories, and what it means to have that power, and the impact that stories have on us and how they influence our perceptions of other people and of ourselves, and stereotypes, and the power of multiple stories, and…

It’s fantastic.

I have yet to read anything by Chimamanda Adichie, but I aim to change that.

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April 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm

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George Washington’s Library Fines

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Apparently, an old ledger from the New York Society Library shows that George Washington checked out two books in October, 1789–one on international law and another that included transcripts of debates that took place in the British House of Commons. Neither book was returned.

If the allegations are true, this would mean that that, setting aside the value of the items themselves, and adjusting for inflation, Washington currently owes about $100,000 in late fees.

An excellent piece of book/U.S. presidential trivia, just for fun.

Via Boing Boing.

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April 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm


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First ten songs on iTunes shuffle, plus a video:

1. Washed Out–“Get Up”

2. No Doubt–“Different People”

3. Citay–“On the Wings (Live at WFMU)”

4. John Coltrane–“Seraphic Light”

5. First Aid Kit–“Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”

6. Joe Cocker–“Letter”

7. My Bloody Valentine–“Sometimes”

8. Rudimentary Peni–“Zero Again”

9. Jordaan Mason–“Drunk Garden Boy”

10. Djano Reinhardt–“Minor Swing”

My Bloody Valentine performing “Sometimes”

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April 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

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Pride and Prejudice, New Books, and a Cool New Way to Keep My Place

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I just finished my second Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice (I read Sense and Sensibility a few months ago), and can now safely declare myself a serious Austen fan. Contrary to what you may have heard about Jane Austen, she is surprisingly funny! And witty! And not at all boring! Really, it’s true. And her stories are not just about romance and balls and courtship, though those are important plot elements; they maintain serious and intelligent social commentary with a sharp tone.

I loved Pride and Prejudice particularly for it’s protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who grew on me steadily throughout the novel. Constrained by a society and time in which women’s prospects are considered only in terms of their relationships to men, Elizabeth Bennet is uncommonly confident, assertive, and unwilling to settle for comfort and polite society. In turn, she is loved for her impertinence, her (by the end) well-deserved pride, and her mind. Which is more satisfying by the end of the book than it may sound right now. But yeah, Go Lizzy!


On a different note, my parents were here for a few days this week which was great, and as always we went to the Strand Bookstore together where I pressured them into buying me lots of new shiny books (even hardcovers!) and then my dad made his usual joke, something along the lines of “Busy social life you must have, eh em?”

Yeah, thanks dad! Anyway, here’s what I got:

The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li

The True Deceiver, by Tove Jansson

Saint Joan of Arc, by Vita Sackville-West

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

Stranger From Abroad, by Daniel Maier-Katkin

I’m agonizing over what order to read these in. So excited for each of them! Bah.

Also, I’ve decided it’s time to stop using miscellaneous receipts and ticket stubs and candy wrappers as bookmarks and to use actual, you know…bookmarks. My boyfriend gave me an old Star Trek one of his recently, and after visiting the gift shop in The American Folk Art Museum post-Strand, I found the second addition to my new collection. It has nothing to do with the exhibits I saw, but I still really like it:

Yes, that is a working magnifying lens.


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April 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Found in Used Books, #1

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I bookmarked this post from The Guardian about a week and half ago, and you should check it out. It’s about “The private life of books”, a concept I love, and a series of letters found inside an old copy of Isaac Asimov tales.

It also leads nicely into an idea I’ve had a while for a feature in which I post pictures of things found in used books, of which I have a steadily growing and admired collection.

So here’s the first: a Reggie Jackson baseball card found in a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence.

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April 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm