Miss Letting-Go-Getting

Miss LGG has heard your cries
November 7, 2008, 6:46 pm
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Dear readers, lovely friends:

I have slacked on my bloggings over the last couple of months.  I apologize.  I shall return.   Over the past month and a half, I have been:

  • slicing my head open on a wrought iron fence while playing softball/sporting some nice shiners for three weeks.
  • obsessively watching MSNBC.
  • enjoying my last two graduate classes–Internet Publishing and Research Methods, the best classes I have taken yet, and the hardest…not good for a major case of senioritis.
  • obsessively panicking over the end of graduate school and having nightmares that even after completing my master’s I am still working at current place of employment.
  • looking for library jobs (in order to combat bullet point two)
  • reading the ridiculous and highly addictive candy of a young adult series, Twilight
  • thinking about Open Access and how I can make a career out of advocating for it
  • missing my very busy, super talented boyfriend who has been working on multiple shows.

Sorry you had to look at the ATM of books for so long. 


Miss LGG


X-mas Wish List: ATM of books
September 20, 2008, 3:28 pm
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So if any of you have been plagued with the conundrum of what to get me for Christ’s birthday, fret no more.  You can buy me The Espresso Book Machine.  It can print a 300 page paper back with a color cover on-demand in 3 minutes.  Wowza.

It is only $50,000.

Please. Pretty please. 


Miss LGG

Howling Fantod
September 18, 2008, 3:54 pm
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I was bored in class last night, and in an effort to keep myself awake I started reading all of the tribute pieces to David Foster Wallace at McSweeney’s, and then in turn started bawling. Silly, I know.

I didn’t know the guy. I’ve read some of his essays and struggled with Infinite Jest over and over and over again, but by the time I was finally done with it, I had a new favorite author and literary hero. I never knew much about the man himself, but through the loving words of his students, colleagues and friends am learning that in addition to being a genius, he was also a kind and gentle soul. I think those might be rarer than literary geniuses, which makes his untimely death that much harder.

This one, by another of my favorite authors Zadie Smith, hit me the most:

“He was my favourite. I didn’t feel he had an equal amongst living writers. We corresponded and met a few times but I stuttered and my hands shook. The books meant too much to me: I was just another howling fantod. In person, he had a great purity. I had a sense of shame in his presence, though he was meticulous about putting people at their ease. It was the exact same purity one finds in the books: If we must say something, let’s at least only say true things.1 The principle of his fiction, as I understand it. It’s what made his books so beautiful to me, and so essential. The only exception was the math one, which I was too stupid to understand. One day, soon after it was published, David phoned up, sincerely apologetic, and said: “No, look … you don’t need anything more than high school math, that’s all I really have.” He was very funny. He was an actual genius, which is as rare in literature as being kind—and he was that, too. He was my favourite, my literary hero, I loved him and I’ll always miss him.

1 And let’s say them grammatically.

—Zadie Smith

Crap, I’m crying again. So silly.

Read them all at McSweeny’s.


Miss LGG

List Mania: 50 Greatest Arts Videos on You Tube
September 16, 2008, 9:07 pm
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Some of my favorite videos from the Guardian’s List of the 50 Greatest Art Videos on You Tube!

  • Dinah Shore & Ella Fitzgerald Duet
  • Nabakov on Lolita
  • A film by Samuel Beckett, featuring Buster Keaton

Once I get used to being insanely busy with school again, I promise to blog with more substance. Until then, I will be sharing awesome interweb findings.


Miss LGG

Get your life-long learn on!
September 11, 2008, 9:00 pm
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Check out this list of 100 free web resources for life-long learnin’, and you can go to school forever and ever, sans the hefty student loans! Woo hoo. Learnin’.


Miss LGG

LOL Palin
September 6, 2008, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Books

Picture courtesy of Dave & Bry’s Flickr Page.

Librarians are up in arms over reports that Sarah Palin attempted to have a librarian fired after refusing to remove books that she (Palin) disapproved of. Check out the Librarians against Palin blog for more info.


Miss LGG

Gabe Levinson, let me be your side-kick! Ox-Bow, here I come!
August 16, 2008, 4:38 pm
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This is absolutely fantastic! Chicagoan cyclist and book lover, Gabe Levinson, solicits free books from publishers and other donors, then rides around Chicago parks giving them away. My kind of hero. Mr. Levinson, if you come across this while googling yourself, pick me as your side-kick. I’m a cool chick and there’s nothing I love more then spreading the joy of reading, and riding my bike. I would also dress up in any ridiculous costume you want. I have no shame when it comes to sharing the book love.

Read the Chicago Trib interview with Levinson and check out his Something to Read website which includes information about contributing to the cause. If you send in a postcard with your favorite literary quotes, he will put it on the book bike!

Tomorrow, I’m off to Ox-Bow, an artist’s retreat in beautiful Saugatuck, Michigan for a week-long class on the art of paper/book making!

Course Description for Book Structures: A book is an intimate object that can be alluring and surprising. A book structure brings together bookbinding techniques, ideas, and form. As we contemplate our ideas, we will investigate several bookbinding structures, how to use various tools, adhesives, and cloth, and will create unusual papers. Students will also learn how to paper back cloth and manipulate difficult paper, as well as several binding techniques, including pamphlet, Japanese stab, accordion, and coptic.

In an effort to get with nature, I am going to try my hardest to curb technology addictions. I do promise to blog all about it when I return!

Miss LGG

PS. Thanks to Polly for knowing just how excited the book bike would make me!