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Why my ungracious response to Claire Potter's "Kiss a Librarian" post on the Chronicle 



Tenured Radical Claire Potter wrote a post on the Chronicle of Higher Education blog recognizing librarians, especially radical librarians on the occasion of National Library Workers Day. She encourages her faculty colleagues to kiss us. Yay! I

This. Don’t even get me started about public librarianship.

This Is Your Life Now: THIS IS YOUR LIST NOW #21 with Unwound 


With THIS IS YOUR LIST NOW, I ask artists to fill out a set of lists about the music in their lives. For the twenty-first THIS IS YOUR LIST NOW, Justin Trosper, Vern Rumsey, and Sara Lund of the legendary Unwound, were nice enough to complete the lists.


First Album You Ever Bought





(Source: rhymesayers)




W-why am I crying?

audible gasp

I mean, sure, I could just buy an It’s-It, but this technique has … possibilities.

I haven’t posted on tumblr in ages, but this needs to be shared as much as possible.

(Source: pinkricee)

The craft bus will be in Olympia this Wednesday and Thursday, July 11th and 12th, in the Northern parking lot at 414 1/2 Legion Way. Wednesday 6 to 9ish, Thursday 4 to 8ish. See you there!


Join us this Sunday, July 1st from 6-10pm for the Craft Tour launch party! We’ll be at one of our favorite local art and music spaces, Home Room, located in historic Filipinotown (just outside of Echo Park). There is a suggested $5 donation which helps to support the materials for this free workshop as well as the amazing space that is hosting us that evening. 

Try out one of our favorite and addictive crafts, needlefelting! You can also try your hand at our embroidery station (we have Daniel Johnston patterns!) and screen printing (bring something to print on!) 

Not only will our craft bus be there, but joining us will also be the Fly Away Zine mobile as they make a special stop at our event as part of their Cross Pollination: 2012 Mobile Show and Tell Tour!! We first heard about these ladies when they put out a call seeking collaborators and our serendipitous chance to meet-up was born! You’ll be able to peruse their zine and music library and find out what kinds of projects they’re up to and cities they will be visiting as well. 

Meet new and old friends, grab some snacks and drinks and wish us farewell as we get ready to set off on our adventure. We hope to see you there!!!!

-Rhea, Gaby and Champ

Fred Hakim, Times Square Hot-Dog Vendor, Dies at 83 - NYTimes.com 

People like Fred Hakim are what matters in this crazy world.

Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos Of Daughters | Bored Panda 

Best best thing ever.

Man, I can’t get my daughter to go to a show with me to save my life.



This post isn’t gonna do anything to improve my standing as a cool guy but it’s guaranteed to send my mom’s coolness portfolio through the roof.

I pulled this flyer off the side of a derelict building in Seattle in 1982. I’d seen it there from the window of a bus I was riding on. Upon catching a glimpse of it I immediately rang the bell, got off the bus and doubled back to grab it. This wasn’t because I wanted to learn about an upcoming show but rather because I wanted a memento of a show I’d already seen. A show that changed my life because (I think) it was the first Punk show I went to.

I’d been a teenager a for all of a couple months when I saw this show listed in the calendar section of The Rocket, Seattle’s hip, free, bi-weekly paper at the time. I’d missed a couple Punk shows that I’d been aware of in the preceding months but this was the one I knew I had to get to come hell or high water.

The Circle Jerks Group Sex  LP was in constant and very heavy rotation at my house and I couldn’t bear the thought of missing this chance to see them live. There were a few little problems standing between me and my dream however…I didn’t have a cent, I was living in Tacoma, and the show was on 1st Ave in Seattle!

If you’re familiar with Seattle I should probably explain that this was not the 1st Ave of today, teeming with families and tourists. This was also not the Showbox at the Market as the theater is known today (a legit venue that features top-tier acts and sometimes plays host to corporate events). Back in ‘82 The Showbox was a bare-bones, dilapidated old ballroom that looked and smelled like its best days had been located somewhere in the Jazz age.

1st Avenue was a very sketchy stretch of downtown that at the time was ruled by a gang of tough street kids who hung around the center of vice in the area, a place with a name  that suggests it was a heart of darkness, a place called: The Donut Hole. The “Donut Holer’s” as the gang was known, were notorious among the Punks I knew in Seattle for terrorizing everyone, but especially Punks. These ne’er-do-wells were just one color in the palette of menace that I understood 1st Ave to be. 

All that would’ve been okay with me if my mom hadn’t also known about the reputation of the place just as well as I did. When I told her I needed a ride to the show when we visited my grandparents that weekend she told me there was no way on Earth she was going to drop her kid off on 1st Ave. on a Saturday night to go to see a “Punk Rock” band. This was simply out of the question.

Being the very cool, very supportive, woman she was then and still is now, upon seeing the utter dejection and desperation written in every inch of my small frame she said she’d let me and my brother go to the show on one condition: she’d have to come along with us.

I was completely aware of how utterly uncool and at odds with my Punk Rock fantasies this idea was. I was also a realist and I knew that my show-going fantasies were going to stay fantasies if I didn’t take her up on her (looking back now, wildly selfless and very generous) offer. I accepted her offer on the spot. So did my brother.

In the interest of giving my mom her full, undiluted due and maybe even as a way of etching her name in the temple of all-time Punk heroes, I should make a couple things clear.

This wasn’t a time when well-to-do Yuppies had neck tattoos, the songs of The Stooges weren’t used to sell Volkswagens, and only women and guys in The Castro district of San Francisco had pierced ears. What I’m saying is: Punk Rock was not a well-known, culturally accepted thing at this time. Most parents if they knew anything about it were terrified and or disgusted by the idea of it.  This wasn’t Warped Tour U.S.A. and Punk Rock was to say the least, very edgy. 

It should also be said that my mom wasn’t a counter-culture maven, biker mama, barfly, or burnout. She worked almost all her life as a librarian, educator, and library administrator. She was and still is a voracious reader, a kind soul, and is a fine upstanding citizen.

She listens to Classical music.

However this night  in 1982 she put on a pair of engineer boots, a Motorhead t-shirt, tucked in her jeans, and listened to and watched The Fartz bash out their brand of political thrash before the Circle Jerks came out a blew everyone away with their super-charged kinetic insanity.

She got the fact that most of the violence we saw was ritualistic, she could appreciate the creativity of people’s attire, and she was impressed with the energy and abandon displayed by both the bands and the crowd. In short, she wasn’t freaked out and she understood why I was into what I was into. 

I’d be lying if I told you that after seeing what Punk was all about that night she let me go to the next show by myself. She didn’t. That’s why I can say today that my mom has more old school Punk Rock cred than most of you: she saw T.S.O.L., FEAR, X, The U-Men, and Code of Honor in 1982 ferchrissakes! I was there too and I’m still jealous of her!

So next time you see a librarian “shush” a table of Punks in the library, it might not be because they’re being too loud for her, it might just be because she thinks they’re talking out their a—es about some sh-t they don’t know about!

Circle Jerks flyer from my personal archives.

9-year-old's DIY cardboard arcade gets flashmobbed - Boing Boing 

Best thing ever.

John Green's tumblr: Why Libraries Are Different From Piracy 


Yesterday on twitter, I expressed annoyance with the hundreds of people who send me emails or tumblr messages or whatever to let me know that they illegally downloaded one of my books, as if they expect me to reply with my hearty congratulations that they are technologically sophisticated enough…


Reading is So Delicious by Lucy Knisley (source)

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