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Baker Street Babes Podcast

You've finished the book. There's no sequel. You've got no back up options. "What do I read next?" may be your literary existential crisis but our raison d'être. Library staff use a number of discovery tools, like podcasts, to learn about books, movies, and music you may enjoy. Coincidentally, these are all the things we enjoy too!

I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined)

by Chuck Klosterman

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As someone who loves to consume popular culture, I am always on the lookout for materials that make me feel less guilty about this consumption. I Wear the Black Hat fits the bill nicely. Author Chuck Klosterman explores those age old questions like: why do we like Luke Skywalker when we're young,...

I love it when you talk retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech

by Ralph Keyes

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You can tell immediately which generation you belong to as you work through this fun history of verbal artifacts. 

American nerd : the story of my people

by Benjamin Nugent

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All things nerdy and wonderful!  Nugent combines his own personal history with the exploration of nerdiness.  Even if you aren't a nerd, chances are you know someone who is. 


The peep diaries : how we're learning to love watching ourselves and our neighbors

by Hal Niedzviecki

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No, not the fluffy sugary peeps you buy once a year but rather the possibly nosey, pervey peep that likes to watch people.  If you like reality TV, peeking into windows while on an evening walk, or even stalking on facebook, you MIGHT be a peep.


Fifty years ago, moviegoers saw a number of spectacles, ambitious art films and genre-busting originals unlike anything they'd seen before. One was a thrilling spy adventure, packed with sleek sets and international intrigue surrounding the space race -- and a sexy, amoral, supremely confident hero with a license to kill.


The movie was, of course, Dr. No, the first in the most enduring and popular film franchise of all time, still going strong today. Although less gadget-crazy than its successors, the first James Bond film established the formula (mysteriously deformed ;but superhuman villain, nifty secret lair, Bond girl in jeopardy, etc.) for much of what was to come. And it was part of a larger upheaval that magical year -- in movies, pop music, politics, and more -- that marks the true beginning of what we mean when we talk about the Sixties.

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