Do you love to cook or do you get your cooking fix by just “reading” cookbooks? I am a sucker for a beautifully thought out and photographed cookbook regardless of whether or not I actually prepare one of the recipes! In this day and age when most cooks search for individual recipes on the Internet, I am mildly surprised at how popular the Mechanics’ Institute’s collection of cookbooks continues to be, circulating on par with our popular Chess collection.
Over the past 18...[read more]
In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, this May’s audio book selections feature works by authors with roots from countries all over Asia.
Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch by Dai Sijie (CD Fic Dai)
Dai Sijie, a Chinese-French author, tells the tale of inept psychology scholar Mr. Muo who returns to China after studying in France for 11 years to search for his lost sweetheart. O...[read more]
One of the great perks of working at a library is having random gems come across my desk in the course of the workday. A book, movie, or magazine that I would have never sought out will catch my eye and send me down a new rabbit hole or lead me to a new favorite author, photographer, director, magazine, etc.
Desert Oracle was one such random gem that came across my desk. It is a quarterly magazine published out of Joshua Tre...[read more]
Hilton Als is a highly acclaimed theatre, art, and culture critic for The New Yorker. In 1997, he was awarded first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment by the New York Association of Black Journalists. He won a Guggenheim for creative writing in 2000. In 2003, he was honored with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. His book White Girls was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. This year, he adds...[read more]
Myles recently put together a stellar display of PBS DVDs in support of local publicly-funded television programming. I’d like to add my two cents in the battle for non-commercial arts and sciences as well. As much as I love its grown-up programming (very much), my deepest connection with PBS comes from my abiding admiration for the late, great Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003).
As a child growing up in the television age, I...[read more]