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It worked for Led Zeppelin and Tolkien....
The Metal Shakespeare Company of Portland, Oregon, have merged the works of the Bard with seemingly incompatible heavy metal and created a "marriage of true minds." While it may not be everyone's taste in music, Shakespeare's subjects and launguage mesh perfectly with the stylings of metal.
For your amusement, The Metal Shakespeare Company's reinterpretation of Hamlet, "2 Bleed or Not 2 Bleed."
More information about the band and a peek into their unique merchandise delivery methods can be found on their MySpace page.
Thanks to the Stranger.
OK you naughty librarians...you've been found out.
Amanda Hess from the Washington City Paper has been following you on Twitter, and found that:
When the American Library Association’s annual conference kicked off in Chicago last Thursday, some attendees wanted the world to know that librarian get-togethers aren’t all about shushing and stacking: There’s a lot of f**ing, too.
The nearly week-long librarian meet-up, which began July 9, delivers “over 300 educational programs” to professional bibliophiles each year—including workshops like “Collection Development: Decision Making With Data” and “When Is Nice Too Nice? Strategies For Disengaging From the Talkative Patron.” Some attendees, however, haven’t been entirely satisfied with the ALA programming. So they launched a “secret” Twitter account for librarians to share more intriguing professional insights. A typical anonymous ALA tweet:
Newspapers seem to be the last media to understand something. I wish this was a joke but there is currently an article in the New York Times (The Gray Lady) that posits the idea that porn movies lack plot.
The article opens:
The actress known as Savanna Samson once relished preparing for a role. “I couldn’t wait to get my next script,” she said.
There’s no reason to look at them anymore, she said, because her movies now call almost exclusively for action. Specifically, sex.
You can read the full article here:Lights, Camera, Lots of Action. Forget the Script.
From my friends over at The Hollywood Reporter:
Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation.
The "Lady" series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.
The titles include "Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians" and "Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute," both of which are due this summer. "Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta" is scheduled to be released in December and "Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown" is set for summer 2010.
I think librarians will really like this book.
Jessica Hagy is a different kind of thinker. She has an astonishing talent for visualizing relationships, capturing in pictures what is difficult for most of us to express in words.
At indexed.blogspot.com, she posts charts, graphs, and Venn diagrams drawn on index cards that reveal in a simple and intuitive way the large and small truths of modern life.
Praised throughout the blogosphere as "brilliant," "incredibly creative," and "comic genius," Jessica turns her incisive, deadpan sense of humor on everything from office politics to relationships to religion.
With new material along with some of Jessica's greatest hits, this utterly unique book will thrill readers who demand humor that makes them both laugh and think.
Kate Sheehan wrote about how the intangibles can make or break our libraries. "As a service-oriented profession, kindness is one of our most powerful assets."
Today's Shelf Check takes a more realistic view... "Kindness is like sex. I can do a great job of it for two hours, and then I need a day and plenty of fluids to recuperate."