Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/26/2017

Title page of Baby's Own Aesop - Walter Crane
Title Page of The Baby's Own Aesop, Walter Crane, 1887

Daily Thoughts 12/26/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I read some more of Bunk this morning.  I am reading about plagiarism.

This afternoon, I finished reading Bunk, The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young.  This is an academic analysis of a popular subject.  It makes it both entertaining at points as well as sometimes incomprehensible in ways which are still interesting to read.  The book has a pointed sense of language and is both serious, funny, and ironic at the same time.  I rather liked that Kevin Young compares Trump to P.T. Barnum.  The book reminds us that we are surrounded by euphemism, alternative facts, and propaganda played off as entertainment.

I found the book to be well organized in its layout.  The ending had acknowledgements, notes, an annotated bibliography, and index.  In addition, there were black and white photographs throughout the book.  Graywolf Press as always designs a well put together book.  This book was printed on recycled acid free paper.

Escaping Poverty Requires Nearly 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong
This article encouraged me to place a hold on the book, The Vanishing Middle Class Prejudice and Power In a Dual Economy by Peter Temin.

Web Bits

Max the Scorned Library Cat Welcomed by Bookstores

Various Historical Figures Worked In Libraries

Larchmont and Mamaroneck Libraries Launch 2018 Reading Event

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