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Back from ACRL (but first, a meme)

I got back from my Baltimore trip last night, and will post a more detailed account of ACRL in a day or two. (Short version: learned some interesting things about cognition, the PennTags project, blogs in the classroom, and related topics; managed to bump into lots of people I hadn’t seen in ages; went to […]

The five non-library blogs meme

Rachel Singer Gordon at The Liminal Librarian has a meme for library bloggers: Post five non-library blogs that you read. I’ll bite! Here are mine: Apartment Therapy: I visit AT at intervals when I’m feeling the need for home-decoration wish-fulfillment, voyeuristic gawking at other people’s apartments, or advice on finding furniture. Or when I just […]

Which science fiction writer are you?

Well, this is encouraging: I am: James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon) In the 1970s she was perhaps the most memorable, and one of the most popular, short story writers.  Her real life was as fantastic as her fiction. Which science fiction writer are you? I suspect that a big factor in my getting this […]

Nine questions about poetry

I stole this from Jane Dark. How could I possibly resist a poetry survey? 1. The first poem I remember reading/hearing/reacting to was… I don’t remember what poem it was, but I have a vague early memory of trying to rearrange the words in a nursery rhyme, and being perplexed when it didn’t sound as […]

Memetracking for science!

I’ve wondered before about how one might measure the spread of memes across blogland, and now Scott Eric Kaufman is doing exactly that in preparation for a panel on academic blogging at the MLA. Here’s the post explaining his project in full; here’s the basic explanation: Most memes, I’d wager, are only superficially organic: beginning […]


Via Clancy, a “pet peeves” meme. And since an airing of one’s pet peeves is always therapeutic on a hot day in the dead of summer, I’m passing it along. 1. Grammatical pet peeve: I don’t have all that many of them, but “flaunt”/”flout” misuse bugs me. 2. Household pet peeve: People who don’t remove […]

The pre-1800 women writers meme

Bardiac has started a Really dead women writers meme, aiming to put some pre-1800 women writers into an already-circulating list, and I can’t resist. Here’s her description: I’ll put in five women writers. If you’re interested, pick up the list, add five more of your favorites, and drop me a line at Bardiacblogger at yahoo […]

Spreading the love

Found via Bardiac: If there is someone on your blogroll who makes your world a better place just because that person exists and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence on your blog. (Explains Bardiac: Copy the sentence without naming which bloggers you’re […]

Literary speed dating!

Jane Dark of Evensong Martini Club points to, and responds to, the best meme ever: if you were going to a literary speed dating evening, what three books would you bring? It’s the sort of question that immediately provokes second-guessing, because one has to think carefully about the the impression one’s books make. Will my […]

Too bad I can’t just commission these.

Via Sarah of Prima la musica, poi le parole comes an irresistible meme: nominate four currently living, breathing people likely to produce interesting and stageable libretti, and four books which could be re-worked into, again, interesting and stageable libretti. As I commented over at Sarah’s blog, I have a hard time coming up with anything […]