Writers are told time and time again that in the age of the internet we need to have a personal brand, put ourselves out there, sell our works. Sometimes all of this pressure to be a brand rather than a person can be a bit overwhelming, so I want to share a quick article that… Continue reading The Spiral of Personal Branding
“Home is the place you return to when you have finally lost your soul. Home is the place where life is born, not the place of your birth, but the place where you seek rebirth. When you no longer have to remember which tale of your own past is true and which is an invention,… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Karen Maitland’s ‘Company of Liars’
I’m tempted to say that librarians read everything, but of course that isn’t true. Like everyone else, librarians have their own book preferences, and there simply isn’t time to read everything. Discovering the differences in how people read makes The New York Times’s recent interview with Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress, especially interesting. In… Continue reading What Does the Librarian of Congress Read Anyway?
I was lucky. Growing up, two local libraries that were just a short drive away. But not all kids have access to that many books. In recent years, the town of Wellington in Carbon County, Utah has had a tight budget. Coal revenues have been falling, so the county commission has had to scramble to… Continue reading This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need
A year ago today I published my first post on this little blog – it is about as terrible as you might expect a first post to be – and I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for 365 days. Since that initial post, I’ve published 328 other articles here, including an interview with… Continue reading Forever and Not Long at All: 365 Days in Book Blogging
In my first memory of seeing a Shakespeare play live, the fairies from a A Midsummer Night’s Dream enter the stage to the dulcet tones of No Doubt’s “Hella Good” and begin to dance. I don’t know what I had been expecting when I sat down in the theater, but it certainly wasn’t that. Seeing very modern… Continue reading Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio
It seems like all I’ve been able to write lately are titles. Strictly speaking, that isn’t true – I’ve written other things – but titles are the only pieces of writing that have come easily these last few days. I never thought that I would have this particular problem. I’ve certainly struggled with choosing titles… Continue reading The Trouble with Too Many Titles