Thursday, August 1, 2013

Daily Thoughts 08/01/2013

A Young Woman Reading, Rembrandt, 1634

Daily Thoughts 08/01/2013

This morning, I read some of more of Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman.  It is very much a modernization of the dracula tale.  We get Bonnie and Clyde as vampire, Andy Warhol as a vampire, vampires becoming creators of ideas and myths.  I like how the main character comes from Eastern Europe and transforms himself into an American vampire changing from his European past.  Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards.  He starts out as Johnny Pop hanging out with Andy Warhol.  Then he develops a drug from vampire blood, eventually moving into film and high finance.  It is very much a story of the vampire remade over and over again.  Johnny Pop remakes himself as Johnny Alucard eventually becoming the new master vampire.  This is a story of transformation and myth making in the modern setting.

This morning, I checked the Facebook and Twitter for the library, checked the displays and the gift books.  I also spent some time looking for zero circulation items.  The computer lab is open this afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  They are in the process of redoing the fiction room.  Some of the items in storage are going to be brought up to the main floor.

I spent some time this morning reading the New York Times Book Review.

The graphic novel version of A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle came in for me to read.  It is being adapated by Hope Larson.

Web Bits

How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into a Library Legacy

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