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Stacks and stacks

It’s Follow Friday!

I’m stealing a Twitter convention to recommend the amazing blog Bookshelf Porn.

wall o booksThe name’s the thing.  This blog offers hundreds of photos of bookshelves.

Public. Personal. Retail. Library. Traditional. Modern. Whimsical.


And they all are lined with those much beloved precursors to our ever-present blogs —


They are a thing of beauty.  The blog is, too.  I can practically smell the leather and the pages and the dust and the mold…

Ahhhhh.  Time to camp out at the library for a few hours.

Book sense

Do you ISBN?

If yes, it will cost you.

A friend has a book close to publication, and today she purchased her ISBN — International Standard Book Number — that you see pictured above. This 13-digit number identifies the author, title, edition and format being printed. Publishers, booksellers, and libraries use it for ordering, listing, sales records and inventory control.

That’s all fine and dandy.

But having writers pay for the identifying number assigned to their book would be like me having to pay for my Social Security number.  Or the passwords I use to access the many accounts in my life.  Or the name tag they give me at ComicCon.

Wait.  I guess I essentially do pay for all those things.

Sorry, Tina.  I tried.

Orange fingers

Cheetos are my favorite salty snack.  But a method of attack?

I hadn’t realized their potential.

A student at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana threw a bag of Cheetos at the assistant principal outside the library on Monday just before classes began.

When the administrator summoned the student to his office, the teenager refused, attacking him instead. “Cheetos went flying everywhere,” Superintendent Ed Eiler said.

The student was arrested by police and is suspended from school pending internal review.

Now, you can shake your head at several aspects of this story.  The student’s lack of respect for authority.  The fact that police had to get involved in school discipline.  But all I can think is…

What a horrifying waste of Cheetos.

I want my MTV

Yesterday I got a front row seat for some of the programming that has replaced music videos on MTV.

Did the ‘radio star’ really die for this?

I was background on the set of the MTV game show “Silent Library.”  If you haven’t seen it — because goodness knows I hadn’t before yesterday — six contestants vie for cash prizes trying to complete ‘Jackass’-style stunts. My role as background was to sit in the library set and read my book, unaffected by the craziness going on around me.

And it was totally whack.  These six guys, who started out full of energy and attitude, were by day’s end totally defeated by the challenges they had to perform.  Licking dirty dishes, getting a gigantic band-aid ripped off of their chest, getting a surprise pie-in-the-face from four clowns, having debris vacuumed into a domed helmet they were wearing — ridiculous!

It confirmed two things in my mind.

One,   I want to be a game show host.  The host of “Silent Library,” whose name is ‘Zero,’ did just that.  He sat off to one side and did as little as the background actors for the bulk of the program.  Then, at the end of the shoot, he stepped forward and recorded about 10 lines of dialogue.

I want that gig.

Second, I need to submit some show ideas to the networks.  Clearly they are hard up for programming and will buy pretty much anything.

Now is the time to make it big…if only to make those radio stars feel better in the great beyond.