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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
Dear Committee Members | Julie Schumacher -
Dear Committee Members | Julie Schumacher
"Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices." - laura x from Bookmarklet
"In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies." - laura x
I am SO looking forward to this. I read her first novel (which is differently but equally wonderful) while I was on maternity leave. - laura x
She was one of Sarah's profs at UMN - maʀtha
keep this book AWAY from me... I will learn MUCH TOO MUCH from it. *g* - RepoRat
I also just requested a digital ARC of a new translation of the Bacchae with the note, "I've read it Greek, yo." - laura x
I can't decide if this looks wonderful or if I'll be crying because it's so familiar... - Hedgehog
ooo. - Marianne
You had me at beleaguered! - reminds me of Straight Man, which I try to re-read every time I take academia a little too seriously. - Jen
Jen, I also recommend Nabokov's Pnin for that purpose. - DJF from Android
Straight Man is one of my all-time favorite books. - laura x from iPhone
Guest pass, guest pass, guest pass, study room, study room, study room (times many). - laura x
Books about how one becomes a chef for a kid and her mom doing a school project. Way fun. No books, but we explored the OOH and one of our career databases, and then they decided to go look at the prefaces to cookbooks (brilliant idea!). - laura x
Three computers down. - laura x
No, I cannot extend your time, because we have no open computers. - laura x
Soccer mom in urgent need of a computer... to update her FB profile photo. We also had to crop it. - laura x
Consumer Reports on air purifiers. - laura x
Assorted tax forms and publications for someone whose mother just died. - laura x
Print account, study room, and lots of dead air (first nice day in two weeks). - GretelSK
So many printing questions. So many study rooms. - laura x
Wow - maʀtha
Overheard at the research desk just now: "You are going to be a horrible boyfriend someday." - Steele Lawman
It's the Sunday at the tail end of spring break and student workers are suffering from schedule amnesia. - barbara fister
In the middle of clearing paper jams I get an IM grilling me about what reference librarians' work weeks are like. - Steele Lawman
Another IM, this one looking for EBSCO. - Steele Lawman
Public library Sunday: 10.5 hours of business crammed into 4 hours. - laura x from iPhone
RIP Peter Matthiessen. I've not yet read his books, but I will always remember my mother telling me the story of The Snow Leopard.
Some people check their Amazon sales rank. I obsessively check library catalogs to see if my book is checked out.
It is a much more time-consuming hobby. - laura x
What should I do with the dead rabbit outside my front door?
Make obeisance. Surely there is a deity you need to suck up to. - maʀtha
cat food? - RepoRat
Is Peter teething, perchance? - maʀtha
mmmmm stew - jambina
So yesterday my mom sent me a copy of my dad's army discharge papers. I have been looking for these for over a decade, and it turns out she had them all along.
I can't tell you how strange it is to see his signature from when he was 20 years old, in 1943, and to see a report that his eyes and hair were brown. His hair was always white when I knew him, and no one has ever agreed on the color of his eyes. - laura x
He did not actually serve in WWII--he was discharged six months after he enlisted. One of the reasons I wanted the papers was that I had always heard this but also always heard varying reports about why, and I wanted to see what they had to say. - laura x
Did they solve that mystery? - Steele Lawman
Not yet. ETA: This will clearly require some more research, but now I have some information to start with. - laura x
So, he stole the phone again? - maʀtha
He claims it's actually his phone. - laura x
Up the Creek :: Oxford American - The Southern Magazine of Good Writing -
Up the Creek :: Oxford American - The Southern Magazine of Good Writing
"I believe that finding one's place in the world is every individual's most challenging question. Where is that spot that best allows us to pursue our dreams and, at the same time, to address our responsibilities? Where is that place that makes us feel happy, at ease, challenged, productive, ourselves? It comes easy to some, but for many others finding that spot requires much groveling and hunting to get there. I have always fallen in with the groveling crowd." - laura x from Bookmarklet
So I was home sick yesterday and I attempted to watch Downton Abbey. Not for me.
Lovely piece about rereading. Read It Again, Dad - The Morning News -
Lovely piece about rereading. Read It Again, Dad - The Morning News
"Still, watching Talia listen to me read has helped me understand why I once kept coming back to books, well into my teen years. It wasn’t the love for the beautiful prose (because, come on: Hardy Boys). It was a residual sense of wonder, left over long after I had accepted that the reality on the page and the reality beyond it are distinct." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Dammit, Iris made it snow here.
I DID NOT - lris
I'd like to know who made it snow here. - ~Courtney F
WELL WHO DID THEN? - laura x
Iris made it snow here, too. - Rachel Walden
what the heck is wrong with you, Iris? It didn't snow here but it's far too chilly for late March (yes, I know I shouldn't complain about 50ish degrees. I WILL ANYWAY :) ) - ellbeecee
I don't think it was Iris at all. *gazes in a southwesterly direction* DYSP! It's supposed to snow here, too. - MoTO ChilliSauce
I'm sooooo glad Iris didn't make it snow here. :-) *ducks* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Maybe LAURAX is the one who's making it snow everywhere. Did you ever think of THAT? HMMMM???? - lris
I'm with you, Iris. She's probably in it with Perez. - MoTO ChilliSauce
it's snowing here - Christina Pikas
Snow, snow, go away / come again some other day / but if you have to snow today / snow down Laura X's way. - Steele Lawman
LOL - lris
It snowed here, too. Who do I blame? - Betsy
it's always my fault; blame me. - RepoRat
culpa Dorothea - Pete
(it snowed here last night FWIW; the walk to work took a little extra care) - RepoRat
One of the cashiers at Target this morning said she'd put her boots away a couple days ago. I say we all blame HER. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, right. Blame the person making minimum wage, Catherine. Way to pin it on the working class. ;) - laura x
dammit, I *knew* there was a flaw with that plan. - Catherine Pellegrino
I have no idea why it snowed anywhere. *whistles innocently* - Steven Perez
Yep, Iris and Steven are to blame for snow in Eastern PA as well. - Friar Will
*sulks* - lris
Iris, I am sadly disappointed with your aligning to DYSP and the snow thing. - Janet
‘Girls’ Finale: Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Weighs In | Variety -
‘Girls’ Finale: Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Weighs In | Variety
"“There are huge cultural difference between Iowa City and New York,” Chang notes. “It’s something a large number of students face when they get here. One of my friends used to stand in a certain corner of the department and pretend she was in Bloomingdales,” because the architecture of the building reminded her of the flagship store on 59th Street. And, she says, “there’s a town called Brooklyn, Iowa, just west of here.”" - laura x from Bookmarklet
I have not actually ever seen Girls, but I was in a class once with Samantha Chang, and this just amuses me to no end. - laura x
You all should come to my house. There's orange juice, fennel seeds, raw egg, and toddler pee on the floor, and we already are all the bacon.
Are we not all, in a way, bacon? Hello Casa X :) - Pete
Be there in about 11 hours 27 minutes. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Haha. Ate, not are. We do still have two unbroken eggs. And a shitload of peanut butter. - laura x from iPhone
You had me at toddler pee. I will be there only if I can add dog pee to the mix. - Janet
Janet, come on down. At least it's not cat pee. - laura x from iPhone
"The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings." - laura x from Bookmarklet
I am just so sad and angry about the world tonight.
Yeah - maʀtha
"if sex workers aren’t going in for the services, then maybe there’s something wrong with those services."
"if sex workers aren’t going in for the services, then maybe there’s something wrong with those services."
Bright Lights, Big Data: Culturomics and Results-Based Reading : The New Yorker -
Bright Lights, Big Data: Culturomics and Results-Based Reading : The New Yorker
"To this, I usually replied that I wasn’t totally sure, but that I thought it had something to do with using computers to read books. As far as I could tell, there was a general skepticism about the digital humanities, combined with a certain measure of unease—arising, perhaps, from the vague aura of utility, even of outright science, emanating from the discipline, and the sense that this aura was attracting funding that might otherwise have gone to more low-tech humanities projects." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Walt, I think you will like this. - laura x
Interesting: N-gram of bibliographic instruction vs. library instruction vs. information literacy: - Rebecca Hedreen
Laura: You're right. Loved the commentary. Suspect I'd find the book less enchanting. (Reminds me of some early and pointed commentaries on the transformative nature of the Semantic Web--that it was enormously good at making the easy things difficult, but not so good at making difficult things easy.) Thanks for pointing it out. - Walt Crawford
I think the article might have been better if they had talked to some actual *humanists* working with big data / digital humanities. Not to take away from the culturomics dudes, but they both have life sciences training, so I dunno, why not try to also find someone with humanities training working with digital humanities? They exist. The linked article on Moretti also seems to go for broad oversimplification, but I'm not deeply familiar with Moretti's stuff so what do I know. - Regular Amanda
Yes, the ex-academic writing about stuff he studiously avoids trying to understand is a not a genre I'm fond of myself. - Steele Lawman
I just like pointing out to Walt that some of the writing in the New Yorker is writing he would like. :) - laura x
A *lot* of the writing in the New Yorker is writing I like (altho' a link somebody else pointed out was meh, as happens). That, and the price, are why I don't subscribe to the New Yorker: I'd read it cover-to-cover and have no time left for books or the 24 other magazines I get or writing or... So the occasional link is great. - Walt Crawford
I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You via @TheToast
I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You via @TheToast
Thankfully, my father made that mistake long ago so that I didn't have to. But I liked the piece anyway. - laura x
Love this part: "Content is promotion. Nothing makes me want to buy a book less than an author on Facebook saying “Have you read my book yet? Here’s your chance!” What does make me want to buy their book, though, is a funny or compelling Twitter feed, an interesting photography Tumblr, a great account. This is how books are sold these days, and it’s a wonderful thing. We have all... more... - Steele Lawman
Yes, and this is oh so true: " I would recommend asking a web-developer friend, but in my experience web-developers are optimistic and overworked. This is a big friend-debt that can be avoided, and stringing along an unpaid project isn’t fair to either of you." - laura x
Night Sweats on March 8 at New Bo Books
Night Sweats on March 8 at New Bo Books
ویییییییی چه هلویی :دی - مير آق دايي آرش جوني o.O
حالا ک بیشتر فکر میکنم اصنم هلو نیست :دی - مير آق دايي آرش جوني o.O
I feel certain that "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was actually written by a woman with a small child. #housecleaning
OMG. Yes. - Yvonne from FFHound!
That's the scene that scared my mom as a child. - Betsy
For breakfast this morning we had fat, carbs, protein, and sugar. Cause that's what food is made of, yo.
NO ROUGHAGE? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Bacon, eggs, applesauce, and waffles. - laura x from iPhone
As a wise person said to me, "there's always breakfast to look forward to" - maʀtha
RT @kingdomofwench: Periodic reminder that *The Handmaid's Tale* is a CAUTIONARY TALE, not a GODDAMN HOW-TO
Making chicken cabbage kale soup inspired by Iris. It smells so freaking good.
This month someone found my MFA thesis with the search string chris mcandless insane.
Tonight on the Internet: 11 Signs That Everything You're Doing is Completely Wrong #web25 #thedarkside
RT @stevemarlowe: Hunter S. Thompson Writes an Ode to Jack Kerouac in 1998 (After Calling Him an "Ass, a Mystic Boob" in 1958): #R...
RT @stevemarlowe: Hunter S. Thompson Writes an Ode to Jack Kerouac in 1998 (After Calling Him an "Ass, a Mystic Boob" in 1958): #R...
Thank you, Past Laura, for writing a spunky description of your program that you could cut and paste when you needed something posthaste.
What should I make for dinner?
Veggie stir-fry. - Julian
tomato soup and grilled cheese - MoTO ChilliSauce
Breakfast. - Catherine Pellegrino
make soosis bandari :D - ووووزلا
Something easy. :-) - YvonneM
:دی - ووووزلا
A phone call. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Phone call does not sound so tasty. - laura x
lamb chops. you know you love them - maʀtha
Baked salmon, couscous, and steamed green beans. - Kirsten
I second the grilled cheese and tomato soup. - Janet from FFHound!
All-in stew. Get a pot. Get some meat, veg, stock and whatever else you feel like, cut it up however you want and throw it all in the pot. Cook until cooked. - Steel Penguin Slippy
I made quinoa Saturday for quinoa patties, which I plan to make tonight. I vote for quinoa patties! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
It's Taco Tuesday, yahknow! - Lnorigb from FFHound!
I may have announced this before, but if not: Peter is going to have a little half-sister in May. His dad and new partner are having a baby due then.
As long as Peter stays active in the lives of his other children I will be happy. I am somewhat protective of Peter after reading his journey. - Janet from FFHound!
(Peter is Laura's toddlerx) - maʀtha
Yes, I should have pointed that out. :) #toddlerx and his 5yo brother adore each other. We see a little less of the other older kids because they are a good bit older, but we will always think of all the kids as part of our family. - laura x
این داستان رو برای پیتر تعریف کن: يه مرد ۸۰ ساله ميره براي چك آپ. دكتر ازش در مورد وضعيت فعليش مي پرسه و پيرمرد با غرور جواب ميده: هيچوقت به اين خوبي نبودم. تازگيا با يه دختر ۲۵ ساله ازدواج كردم و حالا باردار شده و كم كم داره موقع زايمانش ميرسه نظرت چيه دكتر؟! دكتر چند لحظه فكر ميكنه و ميگه: خب بذار يه داستان برات تعريف كنم. من يه نفر رو مي شناسم كه شكارچي ماهريه. اون هيچوقت تابستونا رو... more... - ووووزلا
a leopard is shot? - maʀtha
Where are my house elves? All I ask is that they put away the food and put the laundry in the dryer. I'll do everything else.
selfish little dudes, those house elves. - Jenica
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