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The Rage & Ire of the Lipstick Librarian

Okay; it’s cranky-pants time. And it’s about something that’s been bugging me for quite some time: the use or (more accurately) the misuse of my material.

Now it’s one thing to use the “Lipstick Librarian” moniker in one’s personal site–do a search using the phrase in Myspace and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to that. Heck; I even find it somewhat flattering.

But when someone decides to entitle their blog by using a very … Read the rest

The Man Knows Talent

Ever wonder what happened to someone you knew a long time ago? A elementary school classmate? Or a co-worker from that dead-end fast-food job you had years ago? Ever find out?

I have. Via a documentary called The Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks. The figure from the past? Bob Hawk, the man whose efforts brought Clerks from an obscure indie to 90s cultural phenom.

How would someone like me know Bob Hawk? (I know, enough with … Read the rest

Is That the World’s Smallest Violin I Hear?

A friend of mine recently expressed his admiration for a fellow student in his Latin class: “She’s got the nerd-chic look”.

Great. When I was sportin’ it not too many years ago, it was known by a different name: dork. And it wasn’t one that attracted a whole lot of favorable male attention, or any attention at all. Now it’s a de rigueur look of Hipster Nation.

Why do I bring this up? Because it’s the perfect illustration … Read the rest

An Open Letter

To All My Friends and Colleagues:

I love you guys. You know I do. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve even toyed with the idea of high-fivin’ each other whenever we see the little Christmas light bulb light up over a patron’s head after we’ve explained for the umpteenth time Allure does not count as a credible academic resource (though unbeatable when recommending a fabby concealer).

But please, for the love of all things bibliographic, do not send me another … Read the rest