science, writing clubs, and other things I’m grateful for in 2021

I don’t like being told to produce gratitude, or much of anything else. I’m stubborn that way. And this has been a bad year, set in a series of bad years, a curse that definitely stretches back to the Cubs winning the World Series in 2016, and probably even before. (It’s the Cubs’ fault.) But, since nobody at work is telling me to perform gratitude … Continue reading science, writing clubs, and other things I’m grateful for in 2021

Beyond the Caldecott & the Noble Is Coming! (Eventually!)

Like, I really hope it won’t be so much later that the old narrator quit and they had to hire a new one! But my massive list of lists is coming—it’s just going to be later than usual, and quite possibly in a slightly different format. This has been a super rough year for me, and I’m dealing (not terribly well) with my own chronic … Continue reading Beyond the Caldecott & the Noble Is Coming! (Eventually!)

On Reading Christopher Columbus

In fourteen-hundred-and-ninety-two, we’re taught, Christopher Columbus crossed the ocean blue. (There’s apparently a longer poem behind that, and I consider it an unfortunate example of literary work. I have no idea who wrote it, and I think it is objectively bad.) I have never been quite what one might call a fan of Columbus’s, but I also never really thought about him, at least in … Continue reading On Reading Christopher Columbus

life, quilted: Bisa Butler’s Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago

The women in my mother’s family tie off their quilts. I’m not entirely sure where it came from, though I will confess I’ve wondered if we’re tying off and tying elfknots into our own work (rather than our hair: mine is too straight to elfknot anyway) as a good-luck charm, or maybe a ward. (It’s not as though we remember why we have to have … Continue reading life, quilted: Bisa Butler’s Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago

some stuff I’d love to see happen this school year

It’s now early September, which means that for most of us, school’s back in session, and has been for between two weeks and a month. It’s even back fully in person and “normal” for a lot of us, though I don’t know how long that will last. (I think it could last quite well—if folks are diligent about masking, and if everyone’s vaccinated. I don’t … Continue reading some stuff I’d love to see happen this school year

performers should damn well make money when their work is streamed

When Famous Celebrity Performers, be they Beyoncé or Scarlett Johansson or someone else, sue for infringement, or demand full payment of their royalties, there’s always a bunch of unpleasant hot takes, an assortment of people insisting that those silly rich people don’t need money and should shut up and sit in a corner. I disagree, vehemently. I’m not going to go into a full accounting … Continue reading performers should damn well make money when their work is streamed

that time my boss went through my holds

There’s an ongoing discussion, on library twitter,1 about the problems of privacy in libraries. It’s part of our core values, and one of the major ethical tenants of our profession, and we’re pretty much failing. It’s so great! Or, rather, so profoundly infuriating and depressing that it can sometimes feel insurmountable, but luckily we have some great folks who are, and will continue, to rage … Continue reading that time my boss went through my holds