Submitted by Blake on August 9, 2001 - 12:09pm
Matt writes \"The Christian Science Monitor\'s review of Allen Kurzweil\'s new bibliomystery.
The Grand Complication has enough librarian stereotypes to go around. However, the main character, a cataloger named Alexander Short, certainly reminds me of some of the characters I\'ve met in library school and beyond.
My personal favorite of this sort of thing is Charles A. Goodrum\'s Dewey Decimated. \"
Submitted by Celine on July 26, 2001 - 3:43pm
The International Herald Tribune today has this review of the book \"Libraries in the Ancient World\" by Lionel Casson. It includes a look at the history of the original library of Alexandria as well as descriptions of \"curses invoked by different cultures to protect their libraries from thieves\". Now, that might be quite useful!
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 1:09pm
If you\'re like me, and you feel like you should read \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker, but you just don\'t feel like it, you may want to read Alexander Star\'s The Paper Pusher review in The New Republic.
I know you\'re probably sick to death of reading about Nicholson Baker, but this is the best review I\'ve seen, I almost felt like I read the book when I was done.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 5, 2001 - 2:24pm
Just received this one via e-mail from J. Wyatt Ehrenfels:
\"Fireflies in the Shadow of the Sun exposes the moral/methodological inadequacy of academic psychology to address authentic psychological phenomena. It is a novel based largely on factual accounts and would be a suitable acquisition for librarians.\" The mission -- public service to the human spirit...\" To visit the web site, Click Here.
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2001 - 6:21pm
Casey writes \"I don\'t know if you\'ve \"caught wind\" of this new scheme to charge publishers for book reviews, but I think it is absolutely the most horrible idea I\'ve seen in the book world. Makes me grind my teeth just to think about it. And to think they actually believe librarians will read these \"reviews\"!
Anyhow, a new Uncle Frank tackles the issue here at
Submitted by Ieleen on May 23, 2001 - 10:39am
Lionel Gasson has written a book about the history of libraries dating all the way back to ancient times. Who would have ever thought libraries to have such a colorful history dating all the way back to dinosaurs...well okay that may be an exaggeration since we all know the only readable text for that time was the Thesaurus...(ahem, sorry) ... Anyway, check out this review by Peter Jones at Books Online.
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2001 - 6:56pm
Lee Hadden writes \"While many librarians and
library supporters have criticized Nicholson
Baker\'s attack on library stewardship in his book
\"Double Fold,\" few have
picked up on his sartorial prejudices against male
bowties. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal on
May 4, 2001, on page
W17 by Joseph Epstein, \"Fit to be Tied: The Enemies of
Civilization Find a
New Target, Just Below the Chin.\" describes and
illustrates this prejudice
Mr. Epstein notes that Mr. Baker \"...seems to have his
turned out in bowties: A man named Verner Clapp is a
wearer,\" and the historian and former Librarian of
Congress Daniel Boorstein
is described as a \"chronic bowtie wearer.\"
If Mr. Baker is mistrustful of male librarians simply
because they wear
bowties, then he is seeing a trend to maybe match the
old stereotype of the
female librarian in hairbun, breastwatch, and reading
glasses on a string of
fake pearls, finger poised to go \"Shush!\" I am thus
tempted to join the ranks
and change my work uniform to something more in
keeping with guild
guidelines. I might trade in my four-in-ones for the
Daniel Moyniham look.
But then, I might not.\"
Submitted by Ben on April 27, 2001 - 8:49am
A review in The New Republic begins:
\"Some children dream of becoming astronauts when they grow up; others dream of becoming librarians. A.S. Byatt\'s characters fall into the second category...\"
Submitted by Blake on April 20, 2001 - 3:19pm
Uncle Frank has written a Review of Nicholson Baker\'s Book, Double Fold. He says we, as librarians, have to choose and get rid of some stuff.\" Saving everything, regardless of its merit, is not a choice, but an obsession\".
He also says he\'s going to get rid of those Nancy Drew books.Now that\'s a shame.
Submitted by Ben on March 20, 2001 - 1:25pm
US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has put together reading lists for soldiers from raw recruits (Tom Brokaw\'s The Greatest Generation) all the way up to generals (Clausewitz, Kissinger and Thucydides).
Gen. Shinseki says, \"There is no better way to develop the sure knowledge and confidence required of our calling than a disciplined, focused commitment to a personal course of reading and study.\"
I don\'t often agree with warmongers, but -- right on, Brother!
Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 8:50am
The New Republic has a book review of Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future by Jason Epstein that turns out to be much more than a review. The author of the review has more than a few things to say about books and the publishing industry.
\"The conviction that not only will people always want books, and will want them as they have always had them--on the shelves in bookstores--and will travel great distances to get to them, has led me to put upward of 300,000 books in four buildings in my hometown in West Texas.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 19, 2000 - 6:12am
Competitive intelligence according to Janelle Brown is a growing but terribly dull profession.[more]
Although the plot may not be as action-packed as the reviewer would have liked, the new book from Adam Penenberg and Marc Barry\'s,\"Spooked: Espionage in Corporate America,\" may still prove interesting to the serious corporate librarian.
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 4:14pm
Fiction Reviews from The Bookdragon Review
The Bookdragon Review
delivers genre fiction reviews, news and forthcoming title information to
subscribers on a monthly basis. This month\'s reviews include:
Mercedes Lackey\'s Brightly Burning \"is tragic, depressing and yet
hauntingly beautiful as Lackey produces one of her strongest titles in
Submitted by Blake on May 26, 2000 - 9:56am
NY Magazine has a Review of a book entitled \"How to Read and Why\". They didn\'t love the book, but the title caught my eye.
\"The title of Harold Bloom\'s new guide to literature and life may sound off-puttingly smug and condescending, but it\'s not until you get into How to Read and Why that you realize just how off-puttingly smug and condescending the book really is. \"
Submitted by Steven on May 15, 2000 - 3:53pm
The Post Gazette has this funny article about the reviewers at Amazon.com.
\"Feeding our primal need to rate is just one of the benefits of technology. It
also makes it possible to create minor celebrities, since top reviewers also
get their own page on Amazon. And, perhaps best of all, at least if you
happen to be in the business of selling books: All the reviews are positive!\"