Le Diary LL


Just want to wish everyone happy holidays out there in LibraryLand and beyond. I’ll be celebrating by hosting a dinner for select friends (i.e., the ones who broke down after several days of my wheedling). To commemorate the occasion, I’ll recreate the observation my mother made at the beginning of every holiday meal during my childhood:

Cook all day–gone, ten minutes!

Joyeux Noël, everyone–… Read the rest

There’s No Such Thing as a Quick Question

After being sick for almost a month, I finally broke down and visited my doctor. The diagnosis? Acute Fergieliciousness. The treatment? Listening to Decemberists and Cat Power until the urge to wear my girl scout sashes as a halter top fades away. But until then, it’s best I continue the answers from my previous post:… Read the rest

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