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hey hey i'm Naomi and i'm a library school student living and working in NYC. this is my blog for all things library/literature/information related. plus a little bit of art for good measure. welcome! ↓ currently reading ↓
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
We the Animals
Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice
The Book of My Lives

Dear employers, I will have to take the day off today because:

☐ It’s December and the streets are papier-mached with wet bronze leaves and it’s so dark outside that the cars have their headlights on at 3pm

☐ I have recently been through a breakup, or I have been through a breakup at any time in my life really, and I woke up today with the absolute conviction that I will never be loved again

☐ A dog looked at me

☐ I got a text from someone for whom I feel a mix of concern and frustration and recognition and longing that is both more and less than romance

☐ Someone made a joke about dead pets meeting you in heaven

☐ Daylight savings time

☐ I passed a knot of flowers that were so bright they glowed through the dim grey water of the day and when was anything in my life last that luminous?

☐ Girls are too pretty

☐ For the first time I genuinely comprehend that there is not enough time to have all the lives I wanted

☐ I accidentally listened to Leonard Cohen

Why I Am Not Coming In To Work Today (via tetraghost)

(via librariansoul)


Lady time = Emma with Jonny Lee Miller, tea, and crochet. Awesome time with wonderful lady Naomi!


More Teachers Should Assign the Racy Popular Novels of America’s Past

As high school English classes start up again across the United States, teenagers will be taught today’s version of the “canon”—some Mark Twain here, some Nathaniel Hawthorne there, and perhaps some Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The past 100 years may have seen John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, and even such recent works as Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight added to the curriculum, while even courses that aren’t American literature-specific have shifted away from specifically British classics—Milton, Tennyson, Scott—to more geographically diverse fare.
But the titles representing the first two centuries of American history are relatively unchanged. In fact, in a survey published by the Renaissance Learning company this year, Nathaniel Hawthorne was “one of the only constants” when high school reading lists were compared from 1907 to 2012. What students probably won’t read this fall are some of the most popular novels from the time of the nation’s birth: books like Hagar by Alice Carey, a Scarlet Letter-like tale with a Gothic spin; or Mary Gove Nichols’s Mary Lyndon, about a woman who wants an open marriage; or William Wells Brown’s Clotel; or, the President’s Daughter, which centers on Thomas Jefferson’s children by one of his slaves.
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 Miniature Sculptures of New York City Storefronts by Randy Hage

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
at Museum of the Moving Image

Thornton Dial: Don’t Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together (2003)