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By: GrokSurf

Free Government Information - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:02pm

In reply to Russell.

The official grammarians would endorse your comma after “Myths” (but perhaps not after “Fabrications).” Plus, that’s the way they have it in their title tag.

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By: Paul Adasiak

Free Government Information - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:02pm

In reply to Anonymous.

First: According to the Wikipedia page on the serial comma, the GPO Style Manual supports its mandatory use. Given FGI’s subject matter, your preference seems appropriate.

Second: The question of whether or not the blog title uses the serial comma depends on where in the page you look. The prominent, white words in the brown box make it look as though the serial comma has been omitted. However, the page is coded to include the serial comma in the Title tag — just look in your window’s title bar for confirmation. In fact, if you search the HTML, there isn’t a single place where “myths and” appears without a comma after “myths”. You appear to have correctly quoted the blog’s content rather than its title’s graphical representation. Well done.

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Zine Template: 1/4 size, 8-page zine in InDesign with bonus pdf & docx

Lower East Side librarian - Sat, 04/11/2020 - 2:00pm

With help from Milo Miller, famed QZAP co-founder, I've developed a zine template for myself for making a quarter-size zine that's eight pages long in InDesign. I've also exported it to pdf, if that's more your jam. (This is not a template for a one-page folded zine. Those are easy to find.)

indd file

pdf file

docx file

(Dropbox links--you don't need to create an account to see them)

ICYMI Barnard Zine Library staff are collecting COVID-19 themed zines made by women, nonbinary people, and members of the Barnard community of all genders. They will gladly buy two copies of your zine via PayPal.* They can provide a postal address (the zine librarian's home) or can print black and white pdfs on 8.5x11 paper. Email zines@barnard.edu to discuss.

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Reviews on the Move

Lower East Side librarian - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 6:02pm

I'm finding blogging my book reviews tedious, so I'm experimenting with moving my operation to Goodreads. Find me there.

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Dear LC, can we talk about Revenge Porn?

Lower East Side librarian - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 5:22pm

Here's what I wrote on the suggest terminology feature of the Library of Congress's linked data for subject headings:

I recommend adding Revenge porn as a new subject heading.
Currently titles on this topic are assigned a series of LCSH, such as Revenge
Sex crimes
and Internet pornography.

It would be great to be able to assign one heading for works like the zine I'm cataloging right now, Revenge Porn, as well as the 19 results I got for a search on " revenge porn" in your catalog.

For further warrant, I direct you to the Wikipedia entry, which dates back to 2013 . The heading is relevant to members of Congress since there has been legislation proposed to protect survivors of revenge porn.

Thanks for considering it!




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The Meaning of Birds

Lower East Side librarian - Sat, 02/29/2020 - 8:46pm

Gorgeous cover, right? It's weird how it covers the characters' faces, though. The Meaning of Birds is a story about grief, grief, grief, grief, grief, and the possibility of feeling better again some day. Jess's girlfriend of 2+ years has died, and Jess, who lost her father to war is not handling it well. Rage feels better than devastation, so her anger management practice is put to the test. She's trying to get through her senior year in high school, but people saying that her dyke girlfriend deserved to die makes that hard.

The incessant despair was hard to take for a while, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I've been reading shorter books lately, and sometimes a book that a minute to get into stays with you longer. I still can't believe that Vivi is forever gone either, Jess.

author: Brown, Jaye RobinQuotations: reviewdate: Feb 29 2020isn: 9780062824578recommendation: book type: free:
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Lower East Side librarian - Sat, 02/29/2020 - 8:38pm

This was another accidental #Macvillain read, so I'm not going to review it. I hope Meredith Russo gets a better publisher soon.

author: Russo, Meredithreviewdate: Feb 25 2020isn: 9781250129840book type: free:
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On the Zine: A Celebration of Zines at Williams and Beyond: Library Staff

Lower East Side librarian - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 7:36pm

I'm talking to the Williams College library staff about zines library stuff. ☺

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On the Zine: A Celebration of Zines at Williams and Beyond

Lower East Side librarian - Tue, 02/25/2020 - 7:37pm

I'm speaking at Williams College on March 4, 2020 with Andy Cornell and a student (TK)

Here are my slides:

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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 8:36pm

I ask A.j. to grab me some #OwnVoices galleys from ALA, and she mailed me a juicy stack, including Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, which I think will be a big book when it comes out in May. Many people can relate to being asked where they're from, and when the answer, like Liliana's is Boston, the follow up is where are you from from. 

Liliana is the daughter of immigrants--her mom is from El Salvador and her dad, away at the top of the novel, is from Guatemala. Shortly after we meet Liliana, who loves writing and is probably the best writer in her Jamaica Plain public school, she is notified that her number has come up for a special program, that buses kids like her (of color? poor? with special talents? supposedly not, but...) to suburban schools. Liliana's dad really wanted her to get an opportunity like this one, and with her dad missing, Liliana feels the need to honor it. Plus her mother, who is depressed and anxious, not to mention strict, insists on it. So off to Westburg Liliana goes, getting up at 5am.

As one might imagine, integration programs aren't always integrative. Sure, Liliana (who rechristens herself Lili at Westburg) is in smaller classes in bigger and better resourced rooms and likely getting an education that will help her succeed in white America, but the social scene is tricky, and overt racism abounds.

author: De Leon, JenniferQuotations: reviewdate: Feb 22 2020isn: 9781534438248recommendation: book type: free:
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With the Fire on High

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 8:21pm

In my experience most pregnant teen novels start before the pregnancy. In With the Fire on High, high school junior Emoni's two-year-old daughter is a fact. Emoni and Babygirl (government name Emma) live with Emoni's abuela. Emoni's mother died in childbirth, and her father drops in time to time from Puerto Rico. Emoni and Buela are doing pretty well, all things considering. Buela's disability checks aren't plentiful. Emoni supplements them working at Burger Joint (Burger Jawn, let's be honest, as the novel takes place in Philadelphia)--a challenge because Emoni is a passionate and gifted cook.

She always knows which spice to add to make a food come into its own, like sprinkling cayenne on the chocolate pudding her culinary arts class was charged with making. Despite how delicious the cayenne inflected pudding is, the teacher/chef tells Emoni a cook has to make exactly what the chef says. That doesn't go well at first, but Emoni desperately wants to go on the culinary arts trip to Spain, so she makes her peace with it, and leans in to fundraising.

This being YA, there's also a love story, and this being good YA, there's also a friend story. I love that this is a multidimensional story about a teen mom that doesn't ignore parenting, but also acknowledges the teen mom as a person with a lot going on that isn't solely about her parenting status.

author: Acevedo, ElizabethQuotations: reviewdate: Feb 17 2020isn: 9780062662859recommendation: book type: free:
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This Time Will Be Different

Lower East Side librarian - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 6:57pm

Sugiura's new book reignited my outrage that schools don't teach Japanese internment (imprisonment, is the term the detained and their descendants may prefer). The book takes place in the present, and makes the point that the past is very much with us today.

This time, Hanna steamrolls me. "I'd say McAllister owes us at least that much, considering what they've done to our family. It'd be very appropriate, really."

"Oh, Hannah, please. They owe us exactly nothing. You're acting like the internment happened yesterday."

"And you're acting like it never happened at all.

The primary plot revolves around a family business that has gone back and forth between a Japanese family, the Katsuyamas, and a family of smooth greedy, racist, sexist opportunists, the McAllisters, whose scion's name is Trey. The town's high school is named after the first McAllister robber baron, and the protagonist's mom works for the McAllisters' venture capital firm.

At the end of World War II, the American government released Japanese Americans from the camps and encouraged them to start fresh and let bygones be bygones. They produced videos showing everyone how well we were integrating back into society and how happy we were.

There's also a love story and a save-for-later plot line about protag CJ's parentage. CJ has a queer best friend, a white girl may or may not learn about centering herself in POC struggles. There's also an off-screen abortion that didn't ruin the abortion haver's life, which I'm always happy to see, but I feel like that subplot is a remnant from two revisions ago.

Despite my critique, TTWBD is a solid read, simultaneously enjoyable and enraging.


author: Sugiura, MisaQuotations: reviewdate: Feb 14 2020isn: 9780062473462recommendation: book type: free:
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Books of 2016

alycia.brokenja.ws - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 2:07pm

Books I read in 2016, in reverse chronological order according to when I read them, favorites starred.

I made it past my goal of 60 books, and then basically didn't finish anything in all of December. Writing up this list I saw a lot of books that now seem like they weren't worth the time, or now are barely worth remembering--somehow I seem to have ended up finshing things this year that I might have let go in other years. But I also read some really great stuff, and it was great to get so many things read this year. I didn't make it to my goal of 25 books by women of color, but I did read 16, and setting that goal did make me really think carefully about how I cho(o)se what to read, what is most promoted at large, and what is suggested to me/in my filter bubble.

  1. Behold the Dreamers / Mbue *
  2. Train Your Dog Positively / Stillwell
  3. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It / Meloy *
  4. The Everything New Puppy Book / DeVito
  5. Dear Sister / Factora-Borchers
  6. Asking for It / Harding *
  7. Baise-Moi / Despentes
  8. Turning Japanese / MariNaomi
  9. Post-Digital Print / Ludovico
  10. The Century of Artists' Books / Drucker (re-read)
  11. A Child of Books / Jeffers *
  12. Americanah / Adichie *
  13. King Kong Theory / Despentes *
  14. The Promise of Happiness / Ahmed

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Three Mile Pilot – Chief Assassin to the Sinister – 12″ LP

The Experiment--A Free News Experiment - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 6:07pm
Negative Pulse Records – NEG -6 Three Mile Pilot – Chief Assassin to the Sinister – 12″ LP
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Circuit Bending

The Experiment--A Free News Experiment - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 5:53pm
Experiment: Circuit Bending Participant(s): Jason Soares, JFRE ‘robot’ Coad, J Lesser, P Hix and Rob Crow Time Frame: 1994 + Location: San Diego Submitted By: Jason Soares Submission Date: 2002-03-23 In the mid ’90s we learned of an idea called “curcuit bending”, the term of which was created by Qubais Reed Ghazala. Its the idea […]
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hacked labelle duo 16

The Experiment--A Free News Experiment - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 5:35pm
Experiment: hacked labelle duo 16 Participant(s): Matt Lorenz & Jason Soares Time Frame: 1994 – 1995 Location: San Diego and Tour of US Submitted By: Matt Lorenz Submission Date: 2002-03-28 Around the spring of 1994 I found a bizarre old combo-projector at a secondhand store called thrift village in Linda vista, ca. It was called […]
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The Killer Whale Copyright Experiment

The Experiment--A Free News Experiment - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 5:23pm
Experiment: Killer Whale Copyright Participant(s): Jason Soares Time Frame: 1998 Location: San Diego / Internet Submitted By: Jason Soares Submission Date: 1998-01-27 In January of 1998 I received a cease and desist letter from the law offices of Wienberg Sullivan about offending slide photographs I had posted on The Experiment. The photos were found in […]
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Photos from our SE Asia trip to Singapore, Vietnam and Korea

Expect Resistance - Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:57am
Sorry it took so long, but I finally got around to uploading our photos from our trip. Check them out! Related posts:Graphics and Photos from U.S. Government Vietnam wrap-up Eating and wandering through Korea Related posts:
  1. Graphics and Photos from U.S. Government
  2. Vietnam wrap-up
  3. Eating and wandering through Korea
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Eating and wandering through Korea

Expect Resistance - Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:19am
It’s been a busy few days full of trains, buses, walking, eating (especially eating!), meeting relatives (brothers, cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews). After spending last week in Daegu with Shinjoung’s parents, we headed up to Seoul and its surroundings to visit myriad relatives — I know some names, but mostly I remember them as relations [...] Related posts:
  1. Right at home in Taegu, Korea
  2. South Korea – U.S. FTA Jan 15-19
  3. Photos from our SE Asia trip to Singapore, Vietnam and Korea
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Right at home in Taegu, Korea

Expect Resistance - Tue, 07/13/2010 - 3:26am
Yes we’re still on our SE Asian tour. Shinjoung and I have been in Taegu, Korea for the last few days. No videos to post yet (and also no tour books to consult ). We’ve been staying pretty close to home, visiting with family, eating, visiting with more family. As some of you know, Shinjoung’s [...] Related posts:
  1. Eating and wandering through Korea
  2. Mountain Voice
  3. Hotspots for democracy
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