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Magazine of the Month: Fortean Times

Blue spiders, horned women, surfing rats, alien abductions, canine telepathy - all stories you will find in the pages of Fortean Times - "The Worlds Weirdest News Stories."

Started in 1973, Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to strange news from around the world.

Folky Songstresses

Laura Marling

I'm using the term "folky" somewhat liberally here, but I didn't know how else to group this contingent of amazing female artists whose siren songs have been dominating my music listening as of late.

Here's a Spotify* playlist with some sample tracks or order their albums to be sent to your local library if you're interested in full listen.

Bollywood Films!

Cover image for Chup Chup Ke

You’ve never fallen in love unless there’s been a scene and costume change.

Here are some of my favorites:
Dil Chahta Hai – A story of 3 men and the summer they find love.
Chup Chup Ke – A swindler fakes his death, pretends to be deaf, then meets the girl of his dreams.

Soar Into the Weekend!

The Source of All Things

Discussing mysteries, volunteering, hearing authors, learning about Colorado's aviation history. What makes your mind soar?

Fresh City Life My Branch's offerings this weekend aren't scary, just fun and thought-provoking. Join us for a program this week!

Yasiin Bey is Mos Def

Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)

Mos Def, who announced last month that he will now be known as Yasiin Bey, is back with Talib Kweli performing as the unique hip hop act, Black Star. These guys are both amazing on their own, and together they're dynamite. They've gone underground and independent now, but they've each built up a strong legacy of albums and films to study up on while we await whatever they might come out with next!

Yasiin's solo debut in 1996 was called Universal Magnetic. In 1999, he teamed up with Talib Kweli, known for being a "conscientious rapper" whose lyrical focus is on black self-worth and social empowerment. They came out with one of the greatest rap albums of the day, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are...Black Star. The same year, Yasiin came out with the solo album Black on Both Sides.

BOO! It's a Beiber Christmas.

Pumpkin wearing Christmas hat

Can't get your hands on Halloween music at the Library due to high demand? Avoid serial disappointment and embrace the frighenting reality that now is the time to think about your holiday playlist.

The Library is stocking up on new holiday favorites of popular artists past and present.  Sometimes hold lists are unavoidable so don't delay and get on hold today!

Here are a few first holiday albums by the following artists: 

Fire: A Spy Thriller

Cover of Fire: A Spy Graphic Novel

Looking for suspense and intrigue? Check out a spy thriller where nothing is as it appears to be and trust is not an option.

Life imitates art for Brian Michael Bendis who gathered inspiration for his graphic novel from the American intelligence community. While a fan of traditional spy novels, I enjoyed how the graphic art moved the narrative along, increasing the drama! Fire is a quick read revealing the anxious, paranoid existence of a spy's life.

Bendis also encourages his readers to check out the following titles:

What's Wall Street Got To Do With It?

Inside the Meltdown

If the Occupy Wall Street movement has made it onto your radar screen but you aren't quite sure what the fuss is about, here are some documentaries you might be interested in viewing.

Frontline's February 17, 2009 broadcast of Inside the Meltdown might be a good place to start. It examines the 2008 collapse of Bear Stearns and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, focusing on the response of the Federal Reserve, the White House, Congress, and the Wall Street banks.

From the File: Where Are They Now?

The children of the village of Midwich, England. Don't make them mad.

Just in time for the season of scares, I've researched the Village of the Damned kids. They are apparently all doing nicely on a Paris runway.

Enquiring minds want to know. So I tried to track down the actors who played the oddly empowered kiddies in the cult flick Village of the Damned. Where do you go, career-wise, after you've lit up the big screen with glowing eyes and mind powers that can enslave an entire English village?

According to this photo of a recent Paris fashion show, you go on to become an expressionless runway model. Same hair, but glowing headlights on dim.

A Man With No Talents

A Man with No Talents: Memoirs of a Tokyo Day Laborer

Talk About Bleak

Oskar here, again, to share another InterLibrary Loan gem -- A Man with No Talents: Memoirs of a Tokyo Day Laborer. Maybe "gem" is a little strong because this book gave me some trouble with its extremely introverted and destitute characters, most of whom lead a zombie-like, meandering existence. So how about "find" or, better yet, "warning"?

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