Weekend Special: 12 is one of my lucky numbers

Library cats map

Hi there! If you’re wondering what the heck are these “Weekend Special” posts are all about, it’s basically an outlet for me to showcase interesting articles or sites I find online about pop culture, movies, libraries, books, or whatever tickles my brain that week. Enjoy!

♥ I love TCM, y’all. It is the premier TV channel for old movies, and I check the TCM schedule every month for any old librarian films. And longtime (and beloved) host Robert Osborne is back on the air. Yay!

♥ Do you live near one of the nation’s best independent bookstores? The Tattered Cover, in Denver, is a GREAT name for a bookstore! And the Iliad bookshop in North Hollywood has a cat-in-residence (kind of like an artist-in-residence, but there’s more shedding involved).

♥ Speaking of cats and books…  check out this map of library cats worldwide.

Weekend Special: Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto

Visual Libraries - Day 2 of Workshop

Image by Claire_Sambrook via Flickr

Here’s to happy weekends and sleeping in!

♥ Although I don’t personally agree with all her choices (or reasons), I find this librarian’s list of top ten books out of her comfort zone quite interesting. I would add American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis to my own such list.

♥ Do you remember those pantyhose ads of the 1980s set to ZZ Top? Good times. Here’s a trip down memory lane of pantyhose ads.

♥ Fascinating journey through one man’s life, as seen by the books he and his family checked out. How is this possible? The What Middletown Read online database of borrowing records of the Muncie Public Library (Indiana) from the late 19th century, that’s how. (FYI, this would not really be possible today, as most libraries wipe personal circulation records due to privacy concerns.)

♥ I loves me some Awful Library Books, a fun site that showcases “deselected” library books that, however useful they MIGHT have been once upon a time, are amusing now. This post about the book Libby Shadows a Lady caught my eye — I mistakenly thought it read Library in the title, which would have been even creepier!

Weekend Special: There should be more Thanksgiving songs

Harry Potter

Image by Profound Whatever via Flickr

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a lovely time! Here are some recent things I’m thankful for…

♥ Most of the items on this movie fan’s list of things to be thankful for this year. Personal favorite? “The Harry Potter franchise ending gracefully, and with its most beautifully shot film yet.”

♥ The elegant ruins of the Neon Boneyard, where neon signs in Las Vegas go to die. The photos here are gorgeously poignant.

♥ The chance to skip along a timeline of time travel literature? I LOVE that Harry Potter makes the list!

Roger Ebert. I ♥ you. Your optimism, your critical insights, and your total love of movies, inspire me every time.

Ok, NOW Christmas caroling can begin.

Weekend Special: You had me at hello

You had me at 'hello'

Happy weekend!

♥ Sometimes, I find I just need some pretty in my life. Here are some fantastic-yet-forgotten fonts of the Art Nouveau period.

♥ I’m a listmaker, so I love articles that list and rank things. And since this is a blog about (a particular slice of) pop culture, why not throw in Slate’s list of the new classics? Let the arguing begin.

♥ This site was recommended by my awesome husband, Sam Snoek-Brown. It’s a blog featuring a cute baby boy named Arthur, who happens to enjoy recreating scenes from classic movies. That’s right. You know me so well, Sam. ;)

♥ This clip of librarians getting their best Lady Gaga on has been out there awhile. This does not negate its awesomeness. (Don’t forget the databases!)

Weekend Special: Vintage charm

Vintage postcard of Empire State Building

♥ I love postcards, especially vintage postcards — they’re such a unique glimpse into popular culture. Here is a peek into the hard work of digitizing a postcard collection, from the Museum of the City of New York.  Seriously, hours upon hours upon hours of time digitizing and cataloging materials so we can scroll through them more easily online. Librarians, catalogers, archivists and museum curators are AWESOME. But you already knew that, right? ;)

♥ And it seems someone is leaving gorgeously intricate (and tiny) book-related sculptures in Scotland libraries. Scotland’s so lucky!

♥ This site is one of my personal favorites, Advertising for Love; it features newspaper personal ads to illustrate love and marriage back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the U.S. It sounds like such an odd subject, I know, but it is FASCINATING. Sample quote: “Romance, flirtations, and creepy stalkers. All in a day’s work for me.

Thank you, interwebs, for making sites like this possible.