Friday, July 03, 2015

The Friday Find: Love Story

After last week's find, this one may seem familiar. It too is a library card, but this one tells a love story. It's so brilliant I want one for myself.

You can find this at Not On High Street.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Links and Stuff: July 2, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What I Read This Week: June 28, 2015

This was a pretty darn good week for me. The Husband and I tried a few new dinner meals and loved them all; the girls and I had a wonderful article club meeting; several important Supreme Court rulings actually made my day; I was highly productive at work; and one of the posts I did for our social media accounts was a HUGE hit. The Husband and I even got to dog sit the adorable Miss Penny. Puppy snuggles are the best!

I declare success!
  • Magazines
    • Food Network, July/August 2015 - Once again, a magazine is at it... taunting me with grilling and entertaining ideas I can't readily use. At least in this issue there were a few that do translate to the indoors. The largest chunk of this magazine was devoted to burgers, and they sure looked tasty. To go with the burgers, there were several red, white, and blue food ideas that would put anyone's food coloring stash to the test. Finally, I greatly enjoyed the pasta dinners and blueberry recipes. Now those are something I can actually do.
  • Books
    • I'm reading The Art of Eating In at a pretty steady pace. It's not quite what I expected it to be, but I do look forward to reading it every night. That has to mean something good.
  • Other
    • Article club met this week. For this meeting, we ready about the awesome Anna Kendrick and the Hollywood type machine. The last lines of the article sums up everything perfectly: "We all know that the women who surround us contain multitudes. Kendrick powerfully suggests that celebrities can as well."
    • I read an article on The Daily Beast that chronicled the death of lunch. Most of us eat on the go, so the death of the three martini power lunch is diminishing. I am a part of this problem.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Friday Find: Card Print

Alone, this library card print is fun. I think it would be even better to hang a collection (maybe your favorite childhood titles) on one wall.

You can buy this guy from the Etsy store Folio Creations.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Variations on a Theme: Satire

The Husband and I have been watching a lot of John Oliver as of late. His show, Last Week Tonight, is pure brilliance and inspired this list. This month, I give you a list of books about political satire.

Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics

A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real-life figures. When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency. A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real-life figures. When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency.

Thank You For Smoking
Christopher Buckley

Nobody blows smoke like Nick Naylor. He’s a spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies–in other words, a flack for cigarette companies, paid to promote their product on talk and news shows. The problem? He’s so good at his job, so effortlessly unethical, that he’s become a target for both anti-tobacco terrorists and for the FBI. In a country where half the people want to outlaw pleasure and the other want to sell you a disease, what will become of the original Puff Daddy?

Gary Shteyngart

Meet Misha Vainberg, aka Snack Daddy, a 325-pound disaster of a human being, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia, proud holder of a degree in multicultural studies from Accidental College, USA (don’t even ask), and patriot of no country save the great City of New York. Poor Misha just wants to live in the South Bronx with his hot Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman in Russia, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost.  Salvation lies in the tiny, oil-rich nation of Absurdistan, where a crooked consular officer will sell Misha a Belgian passport. But after a civil war breaks out between two competing ethnic groups and a local warlord installs hapless Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, our hero soon finds himself covered in oil, fighting for his life, falling in love, and trying to figure out if a normal life is still possible in the twenty-first century.

Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny
Cintra Wilson

In this inventive and biting satire, acclaimed novelist and cultural critic Cintra Wilson reimagines America's Manifest Destiny as helmed by Caligula, the only leader in world history capable of turning our floundering democracy into a fully functioning-and totally fun-tyranny, both here and abroad. With Caligula running the show, America will finally be able to achieve what the founding fathers really wanted, but never had the nerve to admit. Like, how to achieve the guilt-free looting of natural resources for the sake of immediate gratification; declare war on abstract concepts (drugs, terror, the ocean) for the sake of imperial expansion; utilize propaganda, psychological operations, and other prisoner-of-war techniques to create a sense of learned helplessness in the citizenry, gain their utterly terrified trust and obedience-and leave them begging for more; rape, pillage, and loot-both here and abroad-with impunity. Wilson also traces the historical arc of Caligula's life and not-so-hard times, from his privileged childhood in Syria to his ascent to power to his eventual takedown by the hands of an angry populace, to point out the unsettling parallels between his own extravagant reign and the avariciousness of other administrations, which helped usher in a new golden age of unlimited executive power. Part political parable, part cautionary tale, Caligula for President is an ingenious and hilarious send-up of the current state of our Union by one of this generation's sharpest satirists.

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life and Times
James Finn Garner 

In this thin book Garner proposes to create "meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influence of its flawed cultural past." The results are extremely funny. Updated to account for modern political sensibilities, these revisionist folktales reflect wit and an engaging knack for irony. In "Little Red Riding Hood," Grandma exacts her feminist revenge on the woodchopper, who "assumes that womyn and wolves can't solve their own problems without a man's help." In "The Frog Prince," the princess, now an "eco-feminist warrior," discovers that her dream frog is not a prince, but a real-estate developer. In other tales, Rapunzel becomes a self-reliant coffee-house singer and the Three Little Pigs armed guerrillas, while cultural imperialists such as The Big Bad Wolf and Goldilocks get what has been coming to them for centuries. The author strikes just the right tone here: clever, with more than a touch of self-awareness. And while each of these tales is short and easily digestible, in this case quickly read does not equal quickly forgotten. After one finishes this collection, "happily ever after" will never seem quite the same.

Wag the Dog
Larry Beinhart

Once upon a time there was a mean, dying GOP chairman who had a brilliant scheme to assure that his man would retain the office of president of the United States of America. And the only man who could pull off this elaborate plan was a celebrated Hollywood director. Add to the mix a left-coast gumshoe named Broz who is trapped among cover-ups, undercover work, and his own morality, a cast of bicoastal desperate characters, and the stage is set for a powerful D.C./L.A. production.

Other Satire Titles
America (The Book) - The Daily Show
The Book of General Ignorance - John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Election - Tom Perrotta
The Final AddictionRichard Condon
I Am America (And So Can You!) - The Colbert Report
The Last Magazine - Michael Hastings

Links and Stuff: June 25, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

What I Read This Week: June 21, 2015

Would you look at this massive list of reading! I was on a roll this week. That's what happens when I have absolutely nothing planned after work. Sometimes you just need a week at home.

While I read, The Husband played Zelda on our new Wii that we bought off Lady B. I'm not a gamer myself, but I always enjoy being able to follow the storyline and listen to the music. Assassin's Creed - now there's a franchise with excellent scoring.
  • Work
    • I breezed through the June 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries News. The only article that jumped out at me was the piece on library impact story logs. The say the best way to persuade someone is with facts and a story.
    • I'm finished reading Managing Change. Yeah for professional development reading that goes by quickly and is relatively helpful!
  • Magazines
    • Cooking Light, June 2015 - I loved that this issue was all about farmers markets - what to buy, how to buy, how to store, and what to make. Delicious, fresh produce is one of my favorite things. In addition to all the glorious market stuff, there were two smaller articles I enjoyed. The first was how to talk to your kids about weight. In short: don't. The second was the 2,000 calories and 10,000 steps; it took place in DC, and now I have something to do one day this summer.
    • Cooking Light, July 2015 - It's not fair that I no longer have a grill or outdoor entertaining space and all my food magazines are doing their summer grilling features. Wah! All of that stuff looked so awesome. What was also awesome was the feature article on French vegetables. Noms. Finally, there was a tidbit on how to stay hydrated. As someone who loves to drink water, this was nothing new but I still enjoyed reading it.
    • HGTV Magazine, July / August 2015 - This was slightly better than the other issues of the magazine I've read so far. The article on the best and worst times to take care of things around the house was very informative. I also enjoyed the pieces on how to arrange flowers and tips for moving. Finally, there were several pages on products you "should" buy for your summer parties. I'm not up for being sold on "stuff" "I need," but the pictures were pretty darn cute.
    • Washingtonian, June 2015 - The cover article about cheap eats in the area made me very hungry. Noms please! I feel like I should grab food from one of these places and take it to one of the picnic spots mentioned in another article. In other news, the article about how to handle the digital estate after the passing of a loved one was a bit hard to read but very informative. Finally, my favorite piece in this issue was the article on how we all survive in DC without a car. Uber, Peapod, Drizzle, etc. - all of these innovations make it easier to live without owning a car. As someone who absolutely hates driving, I am a fan of all of these developments.
    • Real Simple, July 2015 - What did I say about making recommendations about grilling and outdoor entertaining? Grr. At least this feature focused on picnicking. I still don't have a grill, but there are several dozen in Rock Creek Park I could pounce on if I want to put any of these party plans into action. Aside from that, this issue had good articles on growing your emotional intelligence and ageless fashion advice. Nothing
      ground-breaking there, but all very readable.
    • Good Housekeeping, July 2015 - I'm not one for smoothies, but the summer drinks in this issue did look good. The best part of this issue was the story about a grandmother reminiscening about growing up in her grandmother's hair salon. Other than that, I pretty much flew through this issue.
  • Books
    • I'm nearly done with Adultery and the story is chugging along in a very OMG-I-NEED-TO-READ-MORE manner. Too bad I keep falling asleep. Why does the summer heat take so much out of me?

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Friday Find: Inhale

Does a cartoon like this really need an explanation.

I think not.

More from the artist here.