Archive for August, 2013

there and back again (for one last time)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 27, 2013 by phanteana

the final semester of library school begins this week. that means only a few more months until…

…and completing the Master’s in Library and Info Science.


listen all y’all, it’s a (library) sabotage!

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , on August 23, 2013 by phanteana

a very clever spoof of the Beastie Boys’ 1994 video “Sabotage was created by comedians Mike Ferbrache and Duane Freeman, hosts of the internet series The Mike and Duane Show. the viral video hit stars actual librarians, too!

is the book really better than the movie?

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , on August 19, 2013 by phanteana

over the years, several literary works have been adapted for the big (or small) screen. some have remained faithful to the author’s vision, while others have deviated somewhat to appeal to wider audiences. Chetana Divya Vasudev, a reporter for The New Indian Express, examines this question in a recent article regarding book-to-film adaptations. obviously, it is recommended to read some books prior to watching the film versions…case in point, Lord Of The Rings. three books, countless characters, and several words that are in a completely different language are enough to intimidate even the most avid movie-goer if they have little to no previous knowledge of what happened in the print format. (confession: i mostly skimmed the books before 2001, and the majority of my Tolkien knowledge in the pre-Peter Jackson days came from repeated viewings of the Rankin/Bass cartoons on the Disney Channel before they became a money-making machine. but i knew who was who, and what was going on. i have redeemed myself since then. i read The Hobbit in 3rd grade and still own the same copy, which is now valued at a ridiculous amount because it’s the rare coffee-table style book with the Rankin/Bass animation…by the way, i am a huge Tolkien fan so the images below are meant in good clean fun).



Lord Of The Rings is just one example of an adapted screenplay that might require already existing knowledge. it is also one of the more successful transitions from paper to moving image. two of my favorite books were made into feature films some time ago: The Hunger (1983) and The Never-Ending Story (1984). the former was written by Whitley Strieber in 1981 and the latter by Michael Ende in 1979. both seem to have some inconsistencies in their celluloid form (spoiler alerts!); in Strieber’s book, there is more of a back story in regards to the Blaylocks’ 200-year marriage, as well as Miriam’s lineage. onscreen, the story jumps very quickly from the pair’s romantically idyllic life to John’s rapid physical deterioration, and then to Miriam’s seduction of Dr. Roberts. the film has some obvious selling points, notably David Bowie in the role of John Blaylock and the opening sequence in the nightclub featuring Bauhaus performing “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” but without reading the book, it might get confusing.

in Ende’s book, Bastian is a pudgy oaf yet onscreen he’s a scrawny but cute kid suffering from a bad 80’s haircut. the film was shot in Germany, but it looks more like New York City. also, some of the book’s more disturbing elements (including the giant spider-like creature Ygrammul) were cut out since the studio felt it might alienate kids. the ending was messed up as well…in the book, Bastian is reunited with his father after returning from Fantasia. in the movie, the last we see of Bastian’s dad is 5 minutes in at the breakfast table, bugging him about the upcoming math test (oh no!). although the film is loved by many, this is another instance (at least in my opinion) where the book is better. Falkor favors the original ending, too.

Unknown Pleasures

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on August 14, 2013 by phanteana

rare Joy Division tapes rescued from trash

talk about unearthing buried treasure…several boxes containing original masters and outtakes by Joy Division were recently discovered in the trash by a former assistant of the band’s producer Martin Hannett (1948-1991). also in the rescued collection were recordings by The Psychedelic Furs, Magazine, New Order, and other notable British bands from the late 70’s/early 80’s Post-Punk and New Wave era. the individual who located the collection is hoping avid Joy Division fans will take notice since these are most likely worth a lot of money, despite being in less-than-optimal condition…clearly, some basic understanding of conservation and preservation is needed to address this matter (while a Library Science background isn’t required for proper care of audio or video materials, it certainly helps to know what steps are to be taken to ensure these or any recordings are maintained or, if they are subjected to wear and tear, salvageable). an image of the tapes is below:

this is not the first time rare Joy Division recordings have been exhumed…in February 2012, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came across some of the band’s master tapes while digging up the basement of a new restaurant he intended to open in Joy Division’s home city of Manchester.

it’s National Book Lovers’ Day!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags on August 9, 2013 by phanteana

August 9 has been designated National Book Lovers’ Day. bibliophiles and librarians of the world, unite and take over!

Chicago-based blogger Kelly Konrad (aka “LitzyDitz”) cites 9 reasons why she loves books, ranging from being conversation starters and instant sources of entertainment to the practicality of portability and being calorie-free (there is no guilt associated with reading a book as opposed to scarfing down a Dairy Queen Blizzard). all in all, plenty of reasons to enjoy this past-time whether for leisure or education.

although i work in a non-traditional library setting (media as opposed to books), i am still an avid print reader (the ad campaign below has been enticing reluctant readers to visit their local library more often since 1987).

stories of old, of princes bold and riches untold

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on August 8, 2013 by phanteana

King Golden Hair

last year, 500 fairy tales were discovered in a German archive after being locked away for 150 years. many of these stories do not appear throughout the standard European collections. they were gathered by a German historian named Franz von Schonwerth, who died in 1886…around the same time the Brothers Grimm were making a household name for themselves with their often-gruesome bedtime stories. although the article was initially printed in The Guardian last year, it has gained a fair amount of attention as of recently.

those kids and their fancy slang

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , on August 2, 2013 by phanteana

Final project for the summer semester: a topical resource list aimed at teens and young adults interested in the Goth subculture