After doing extensive research for last week's blog, Craft Beer: Good for What Ales You, my thoughts turned to Lucky Jim, the cultish, post-war novel written by Kingsley Amis (pictured) in 1954, and its iconic description of a hangover.
Jim Dixon, aspiring academic in medieval literature, tries to further his career at a weekend faculty party, but instead creates romantic entanglements and drinks far too much: "Dixon was alive again. Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way; not for him the slow, gracious wandering from the halls of sleep, but a summary, forcible ejection. He lay sprawled, too wicked to move, spewed up like a broken spider-crab on the tarry shingle of the morning.
The first women's federal prison, Alderson in West Virginia, was opened for business in 1927. The same prison Martha Stewart reported to in 2004. Piper Kerman also began serving her prison term in 2004, reporting to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury. She chronicles her experience in Orange Is The New Black and the basis for the Netflix series.
Much like Susanna in Girl Interrupted, Piper is a privileged protagonist. As her story unfolds, she exposes the different faces of privilege through her interactions with fellow inmates. Issues of race, sexuality, mental health and poverty are explored. Some of the women will have options when they are released, others will not.
Garrison Keillor and his A Prairie Home Companion show will be at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this Thursday, July 18th, at 7:30 pm. If you were lucky enough to be able to get a ticket you are in for a treat!
For all of you hard core Prairie Home Companion fans who just can't get enough of news from Lake Wobegon or Keillor's wit and humor, or for all you Wobegon newbies who would enjoy folksy, intelligent, charming tales of small town Minnesotan life, have we got some great stuff for you!
If Lake Wobegon literature is your cup of tea, Denver Public Library has these Lake Wobegon fiction titles:
July is National Zine Month and the ideal time to make a zine (pronounced "zeen"). Hand-made and about anything you can imagine, zines allow you an uncensored voice. Yes, you control all aspects of the content, design and distribution.
Creating a basic zine is easy! Start with your idea, paper, a writing/drawing tool, and create. Once you have what you want to say down on paper, head over to a photocopier. My favorite how-to zine book, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?, steps you through the zine process from "Should I staple?" to "Where do I leave my zine for others to enjoy?"
What a cute little book and I even learned a few things. You can let your cat make breakfast for you, but beware they might eat your bacon! When it comes to making you oatmeal, well, they love that milk!
Now that we are halfway through summer, are you looking for some great new books to read? Here are some new favorites from staff across the Denver Public Library system that you can use to fill up your Summer of Reading folder!
Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson. When Jasper's beloved Nan leaves for a week-long cruise, he has no idea what he will do to fill the long days until she returns. Every day she is gone, another adventure appears, until Jasper has many stories he can tell Nan when she comes home. This is the second book in the Jasper John Dooley series. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Manager.
Today is the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
As the earth revolves around the sun, the north pole is tilted toward the sun half the year and the south pole is tilted toward the sun the other half. Today is the day with the longest period of daylight because the sun takes its longest path through the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice always falls on June 20th, 21st or 22nd.
The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, takes place between December 21st and December 23rd. This occurs when the north pole is at maximum tilt away from the sun.
I just learned that the ALA awarded Tamora Pierce the Margaret A. Edwards award for her Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna) and the Protector of the Small quartet (Keladry). It doesn’t say this on the website, but it’s probably for her being generally awesome as well.
The thing I love about all of her books is that her female characters are strong and proud of who they are regardless of other people’s judgments. It’s sometimes hard to do that, even as an adult. She was committed to making books about strong young women who exist in the world as humans well before many of her peers in the fantasy world.