Friday, February 29, 2008
1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front
1931 - Cimarron
1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty
1939 - Gone with the Wind
1940 - Rebecca
1941 - How Green Was My Valley
1945 - The Lost Weekend
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 - Gentleman's Agreement
1949 - All the King's Men
1953 - From Here to Eternity
1956 - Around the World in 80 Days
1957 - The Bridge over the River Kwai
1958 - Gigi
1959 - Ben-Hur
1963 - Tom Jones
1967 - In the Heat of the Night
1968 - Oliver!
1969 - Midnight Cowboy
1972 - The Godfather I
1974 - The Godfather II
1975 - One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 - Ordinary People
1983 - Terms of Endearment
1990 - Dances With Wolves
1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
1994 - Forrest Gump
1996 - The English Patient
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2007 - No Country for Old Men
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Austin Public Library has dozens of copies available. Please join us for a variety of exciting programs throughout April and be sure to be at City Hall Friday, April 25th to hear Ishmael Beah discuss his life and work.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Raúlrsalinas and the jail machine : my weapon is my pen : selected writings
Beyond the beaten path [sound recording]
Los many mundos of Raúlrsalinas [sound recording] : un poetic jazz viaje con friends
Un trip through the mind jail y otras excursions : poems
Seeds of struggle, songs of hope : poetry of emerging youth y sus maestros del movimiento
East of the freeway : reflections de mi pueblo : poems
Friday, February 22, 2008
There is a new hit TV program called “Dexter” on Showtime that is based on a popular mystery series. Jeffrey Lindsay has written three dark and devious novels about Dexter Morgan, a blood-spatter expert in Miami, who is also happens to be serial killer. He slices and dices the bad guys during his time off. Dexter is really a unique protagonist. As a first-person narrator, Dexter constantly describes his own darkness and inhumanity... yet somehow, he manages to charm the people around him, most of whom are utterly oblivious that there's something different about him. The Library has all three books, including two audio versions, and season 1 of the TV series.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter - book
Darkly Dreaming Dexter – cd
Dearly Devoted Dexter – book
Dearly Devoted Dexter – cd
Dexter in the Dark - book
Dexter: the first season
To search for other television series in the catalog, try these search strategies. Sometimes you have to be very creative when looking for a title.
dvd 791.45 and dexter
season and dexter
television program and dexter
Enter dexter, select title, and then select Videorecording on DVD under material format.
Search by subject for television, enter series under search everything, then enter the program's title.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This year, librarians from all over the world celebrate 200 years of the publication of “Versuch eines vollständigen lerbuchs der bibliotheswissenschaft oder Anleitung vollkomenen Geschäftfurung eines Bibliothekars in wissenschaftlicher Form abgesfaast” (Complete works on Library Science or a management guide for librarians written scientifically,) by Martin. W. Schrettinger (1772-1851). This is one of the most important books in the library world and it revolutionized the field.
Scherettinger states here that the purpose of libraries should be to provide the easiest and fastest way to access information and said that librarians should focus on three principles: technique, usefulness and system implementation. This approach has been used in libraries ever since. Before this book, libraries were not accessible to the public and were not designed for serving as a tool to easily access information. Each librarian organized the books the way he wanted to and only he knew where to find them.
Thanks to Scherettinger’s innovative ideas, libraries still have an important role in modern societies. They evolve and improve over time in order to best meet communities’ needs.
Ali v. Frazier
Tyson v. Holyfield.
Mayweather v. de la Hoya.
With only 100 available public tickets and over 43,000 applications for them, Obama v.
Whether the debate is electrifying, unbearable or you’re inspired to learn more, the Austin Public Library has you covered:
Hillary Clinton’s Living History
Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope
Monday, February 18, 2008
The Library is closed for President's Day. As the presidential election draws closer, you may want to start reading about past presidents and current candidates to help you decide which candidate to vote for. You can search the catalog or the online databases for information.
One short book that is recommended for studying the modern presidency is the The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to George W. Bush. Princeton professor Greenstein seeks to explain why presidents succeed or fail in this account of the 12 most recent presidents. He measures the presidents on six scales: public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, vision, cognitive style and emotional intelligence. What is necessary, Greenstein says, is a proper mix of these skills. George H. W. Bush did not have "the vision thing." Political skills could not save Lyndon Johnson. Organizational skills did not do much for Jimmy Carter. Nixon's cognitive skills could not save him either. The author contends that the highest ranked skill for what the successful president needs is emotional intelligence or what could also be called "psychological wellness". Greenstein describes emotional intelligence as "the president's ability to manage his emotions and turn them to constructive purposes, rather than being dominated by them, and allowing them to diminish his leadership.”
Friday, February 15, 2008
He's wailing beer caps of bottles and jamming at the cash register, and everything is going to the beat. It's the beat generation. It's beat. It's the beat to keep. It's the beat of the heart. It's being beat and down in the world, and like old time lowdown, and like in ancient civilizations, the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to the beat.
So, are you a Beatnik? Check out a few of our many books about the Beat Generation and then take the Beatnik Questionnaire! Here are just a few to get you started:
The Beats: From Kerouac to Kesey: An Illustrated Journey through the Beat Generation
Encyclopedia of Beat Literature
Naked Angels: Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs
Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation
Beat Down to Your Soul: What Was the Beat Generation?
Paradise Outlaws: Remembering the Beats
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Perhaps the best love stories are the true ones, such as the story of the Danish author Isak Denison and the English game pilot Denys Fich-Hatton. Isak Denisen, who had moved to Kenya with her husband to run a coffee plantation, met and fell madly in love with the dashing Fich-Hatton. They were soul mates, and their love affair became a legend in Africa. However, the free-spirited Denys was an elusive lover, incapable of making any kind of commitment for fear of being tied down.
Isak Dinesen's last decade in Africa alternated between moments of great happiness with Denys, and long weeks, even months, of illness and despair. Finally, in 1931, after the financial collapse of her farm, she was making plans to return to Denmark when she received the worst news of her difficult life--Denys Finch Hatton had crashed his plane and was dead.
Denisen’s book Out of Africa is a memoir of her life in Africa, but in the book Denys is only a friend. The movie of the same title brings out the more intimate details of their relationship.
In the movie, Out of Africa, Dinesen (played by Meryl Streep) says:
‘Now take back the soul of Denys George Finch Hatton, whom You have shared with us. He brought us joy...we loved him well.
He was not ours.
He was not mine."
Out of Africa – the book
Out of Africa – the movie
Out of Africa – the soundtrack
Too Close to the Sun: the Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
Monday, February 11, 2008
February is Black History Month. To show my appreciation for all the magnificent contributions black Americans have made in adding to the richness and uniqueness of our popular culture, I’ve listed a few of my favorite individuals along with items that the Austin Public Library owns so that you may also discover their grit, glamour, and greatness.
The undiscovered Paul Robeson : an artist's journey, 1898-1939
The great Paul Robeson [sound recording]
The Emperor Jones [videorecording] ; Paul Robeson, tribute to an artist
Jazz Cleopatra : Josephine Baker in her time
Siren of the tropics [videorecording]
Zou Zou [videorecording]
Dorothy Dandridge : an intimate biography
Dorothy Dandridge [videorecording] : little girl lost
Carmen Jones [videorecording]
Guess who's coming to dinner [videorecording]
To Sir, with love [videorecording]
They call me Mister Tibbs! [videorecording]
Something the Lord made [videorecording]
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy [videorecording]
The new danger [sound recording]
Not on our watch : the mission to end genocide in Darfur and beyond
Hotel Rwanda [videorecording]
Boogie nights [videorecording]
Hustle & flow [videorecording]
Monster's ball [videorecording]
Denzel Washington : his films and career
Malcolm X [videorecording]
Mississippi masala [videorecording]
Friday, February 08, 2008
His Illegal Self by Peter Carey
His Illegal Self is the story of Che—raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, he is the precocious son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties. Che begins a journey that leads him to a hippie commune in the jungle of tropical Queensland. Here he slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. Who is his real mother? Was that his real father? If all he suspects is true, what should he do?
L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker
Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt—until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half- million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I’ve lived in
Despite being outfitted in my average librarian get-up, I was “accepted” into the eponymous sneaker boutique Alife Rivington Club. The store has no sign and the door is locked. To enter, you ring a buzzer and wait, hoping that a sneakerhead working inside deems you worthy of entry into this well-cultivated world of sneaker exclusivity. I got in, but $200 for some purple shoes is too rich for my blood.
All this meandering served as an appetizer for the meat of the trip. Publishers, writers, and editors abounded at the AWP Conference. Stumbling like some giddy literary fanboy from panel to panel, I heard a veritable feast of contemporary American writers: Lydia Davis, Francine Prose, Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott, Karen Russell, Charles Baxter, and Percival Everett to name a few. Pick up a novel or story collection by one of these incredible writers. There is no buzzer to ring. Just grab a book and you’re in the club.
Look at Me
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
The Water Cure
Damned If I Do
Monday, February 04, 2008
February is Black History Month, and most of us don’t think of science fiction when we commemorate all the great African American literature that we have to enjoy. Last year's release of Acacia , the first of a planned fantasy trilogy by black historical-fiction writer David Anthony Durham, brought attention to the small number of black writers writing speculative fiction.
In a July 2007 Boston Globe interview, Durham said that Acacia had been in the back of his mind since the late 1990s. What spurred him to write the trilogy was "The Lord of the Rings" films. Durham watched the three movies many times, and was frustrated by the almost mono-racial cast of characters, where "the only people of color who didn't have speaking lines were the minions imported for the dark lords."
To find out more about speculative fiction by black authors, visit the Carl Brandon Society and Afrofuturism.
And listen to an NPR piece at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12742905
Recommended titles at the Austin Public Library
The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones edited by Sheree Thomas
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
Futureland by Walter Mosley
Iron Shadows by Steven Barnes
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy
edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
Friday, February 01, 2008
The Texas Secretary of State Voter Information page provides information about the voting process and the ballot. Visit the presidential candidates' campaign sites to see how they stand on the issues (listed alphabetically):
Hillary Clinton for President (D)
Hugh Cort for President (R)
Mike Huckabee for President (R)
Alan Keyes for President (R)
John McCain 2008 (R)
Barack Obama for America (D)
Ron Paul 2008 (R)
Mitt Romney for President (R)
Also, check the library catalog for books by or about the candidates.