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  • Desert island essentials

    We couldn't afford the kind of publicity that famed film director Werner Herzog offered for free a couple of days ago. In an NPR interview I heard while driving to work, Herzog advocated "Read, read, read." He further pronounced that "Those who watch television or are too much on the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-17-2010
  • A genealogist, a rector, and a killer walk into a plot...

    You've surely heard those "what was I thinking?" confessions from publishers: the agent who rejected Gone With the Wind , the editor who judged Harry Potter too derivative, etc. I have one of those stories, and I'm not even in the publishing biz. Not long into my assignment as fiction...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-10-2010
  • Do you hear what I hear?

    Like other large structures, the library represents a unique climate, with a couple of zones occasionally defying thermostatic control. When the admin. reception area develops tropical tendencies, Dora sets up a nostalgic corrective measure. The gently whirring blades of her fan restore a pleasant feel...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-26-2010
  • When it's OK to cook the books

    This week's insightful Online Recipe Finders post from Betsey reminded me that generations can be bridged by shared inadequacies. Years of culinary advice directed my way have failed to cultivate a cookery style inspired by anything more than luck and necessity. Oh, I can successfully replicate most...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-04-2010
  • Mr. Reliable he isn't

    After I've invested time reading a book for group discussion, the conversation had better include more than just plot. That's why the La Frontera Barnes & Noble literary bunch ( Round Rock New Neighbors ) merits regular attendance. Our latest meet centered on Jim Thompson's now-classic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-28-2010
  • Where have all the phone booths gone?

    Belonging to four different book clubs isn't a sane lifestyle choice for everyone, but I find it empowering. Along with obvious socialization benefits comes the potential for quadruple rewards in the "wouldn't have picked it on my own" department. Completing all the assigned books and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-14-2010
  • Safety in numbers for Tiger pursuit

    Today is adult book club day for July ( The White Tiger ). We'll have to see how the 7:00 discussion at the library goes, but the 2:00 Star Co. session could be accurately rated as a love fest for Aravind Adiga's memorable story of modern India. I first encountered the Tiger back in 2008 and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-06-2010
  • Technological scene-stealing at the library

    Here's one for the life-is-unjust archive. Library staffers devoted an entire week (and then some) to applying thousands of RFID tags in our books, DVDs, and CDs--and what is our reward? We are constantly upstaged by four square devices with touch screens, flashing lights, and multiple-item checkout...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-14-2010
  • Crying fowl at the box office

    Do we agree that "cult classic film" is frequently euphemistic for "awful movie"? And that dreadful flicks can be wonderfully entertaining? Take Plan Nine from Outer Space , so uproariously unfortunate that my family felt we had to own it on DVD. If you haven't added that one...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-07-2010
  • Poolside books: the other economic indicator

    Our vacation is just winding down. During this time, my husband and I have been hauling around two sorts of baggage. There's the bulky but uncomplicated variety encompassing scuba equipment (his) and heels for Formal Night (mine), also the cumbersome should-we-be-taking-a-vacation-in-this-economy...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-24-2010
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