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How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

I’ve worked in libraries, on and off, for the past 13 years. When I’m not working in them, I’m still there all the time, and have been since I was a wee little child. I’m still not an expert on the back rooms, but I can tell you the biggest thing people don’t understand about how libraries…… Continue reading How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

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This or That Book Tag

So, I’d planned to do a Weekend Coffee Share post today, buuuut… nothing interesting has happened in the past two weeks. Instead, I’m inviting myself to do the This or That book tag, which I found on A Book. A Thought. last week! Rules Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks) Thank…… Continue reading This or That Book Tag

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Some Advice for Reading Rooms

As I mentioned in the post on North Carolina museum visits a while back, over the summer I traveled to Duke University for research purposes. I spent just-under 40 hours in the rare-books reading room, mostly scanning documents for my thesis project, which I haven’t discussed at length here but will eventually. In addition, I also spent most…… Continue reading Some Advice for Reading Rooms

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Museum Visit: Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)

I never know what to expect when I walk into a museum. Who is the target audience, and will I be out of place? Is the topic too narrow or too wide, will I end up bored? The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA is the case in point: It sounds like it’s for kids,…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)

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Museum Mini-Visits (Charlotte and Durham, NC)

Heeeey sorry about that two-week absence there! Finishing up the summer semester and time just got away from me. If it helps, pretend I was on this trip I actually took at the end of June. I visited Duke University in North Carolina for a week to do some research in the Rubenstein Rare Book…… Continue reading Museum Mini-Visits (Charlotte and Durham, NC)

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Review: Blue Spider’s Attic (book subscription box)

I love subscription boxes. It’s like having a personal shopper and my birthday at the same time! I’ve never tried a book subscription box before, but Blue Spider Press offered to let me try their Blue Spider’s Attic program free in exchange for (honest) review, and here we are! The concept is really cool –…… Continue reading Review: Blue Spider’s Attic (book subscription box)

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Thoughts on “Art AIDS America”

I know I just said I don’t usually post about art exhibits, but this one’s really everything I’m interested in and it’s timely. Art AIDS America explores American art in the wake of AIDS, encompassing a wide variety of artists and media. I visited at the end of April while the show was at the Zuckerman Museum…… Continue reading Thoughts on “Art AIDS America”

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Museum Visit: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)

I don’t always post about art museum visits, because I generally find art exhibits very subjective and also because photography is often prohibited and that’s how I note all the things I might want to talk about without interrupting my flow. However, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has a really interesting approach I’d like to discuss. I visited…… Continue reading Museum Visit: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)

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Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)

The Wren’s Nest is one of Atlanta’s historic attractions — the house of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories! I visited over Christmas break and was very impressed indeed. (Apologies for the bad Kindle pics, it’s dark in there!) Wren’s Nest promotional materials emphasize that while Uncle Remus can be a racist symbol in…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)