Crank Up the Mixtape

Reading the print Mixtape is a door that swings both ways: if you’ve already seen the film about soul music, you’ll be thrilled to get the story behind the story. If this is your first encounter with Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson’s project, it will definitely inspire you to watch the documentary.

All A Dream We Dreamed

Earlier in the year I wrote about a few other titles in our collection that are about the Grateful Dead.  Since then, another book on the band has been added … Continued

Pokémon Go To The Library

Pokémon Go captures all the best elements of the pokémon games and tv show I watched growing up: exploring, discovering new pokémon and their abilities, the excitement of seeing a pokémon evolve, battling other players to become the best. If you want to go further, check out the Library’s collection of pokémon DVDs and books!

Surviving with the Calloways

I have just discovered Survivor’s Remorse, which is a TV show about a basketball player produced by LeBron James. Catch up on seasons one and two before season three premiers later this month!

Best of BARD: June 2016

Baking out in the bright summer sun must lead us to dark thoughts, because this month’s Best of BARD is nothing but the grittiest of the grit. Every one of … Continued

Read Harder: Vol. 7

Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat is perfect for summer road trips and getting excited for the Olympics. And while it didn’t win an Audie award — the annual recognition for the best recorded books and one of the Challenge options — it did win an Earphone Award. And that is good enough for me.

Tournament of Sadness: Round 1

This is the first in a series of posts I will be writing to determine the most depressing movie we have in the library’s film collection. I will be watching 16 devastating movies in the coming months — feel free to join in the “fun” and share your feedback!

Listening to Citizen

Citizen by Claudia Rankine is a book that’s difficult to talk about, yet one that has the potential to serve as the gateway to some of our most important conversations. For just as Rankine isn’t defined as simply a poet, a playwright, an artist or an essayist, Citizen is a book that defies being boxed in by a single genre. Is it a poem? An essay? A meditation or prayer?

Elie Wiesel: An Author Remembered

Last week we lost author, activist, and humanist, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel (1928-2016). In addition to his prolific career as a writer, Wiesel was a professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and … Continued

Armchair Philosophy

I love reading accessible philosophy, the stuff that takes philosophy out of the ivory tower. Here are some things I’ve read and watched lately that have been of particular interest.