Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen 26

The doors of our Southern Oregon Library System are closing indefinitely in nine days. For an explanation see my post, Southern Oregon's Looming Library Closure. Several of my TT since I learned of this in early December have been on this theme. The last three were a three part series on the research projects of mine which will be impacted. The issue is still consuming my attention so once more into the breach...

These thirteen items aren't the only remaining library items vying for my attention by any means. They are just some of the most important to me. Between our two cards my husband and I still have close to sixty items out and most of what is on my husband's card was more for me than him. And as you can see with #13, I cheated a bit.

I split the list rather arbitrarily into three catagories: Non-Fiction books, Novels and DVD--four of each plus #13. Of the novels I can probably hope to complete only two. I've already started #5. Help me decide which of the remaining three I should commit to. #6 is the shortest. #7 is by the author of Three Junes which won the National Book Award--a novel I adored and for which I wrote this book review. #8 is by the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Thirteen of the Movies and Books Vying For My Attention In the Last Nine Days Before the Library Doors Are Locked Indefinitely

1. What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier by James Gleick

2. Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth by Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman

3. The Opt-out Revolt: Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers by Lisa A. Mainiero & Sherry E. Sullivan

4. The Audacity of Hope: Thought on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama


5. Blessed Are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch

6. How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward

7. The Whole World Over by Julia Glass

8. Snow by Orhan Pamuk


9. Crash

10. The End of the Affair

11. Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke

12. An Inconvenient Truth

13. Four Sydney Poitier movies: A Raisin In the Sun; Lilies of the Field; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; In the Heat of the Night (Hey, I couldn't choose just one to list here and I'm probably going to watch them in a single marathon of approximately 7 hours anyway)

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Di 3/29/2007 3:14 AM  

If my opinion means anything, take The End of the Affair off your list. And watch Crash twice. Sandra Bullock is very surprising in Crash.

Tink 3/29/2007 3:20 AM  

I'm planning to read #8, the others I don't know.
A Poitier marathon sounds good to me! You'l have to find time to see all the DVD's on your list... Good luck! :-)
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impwork 3/29/2007 5:28 AM  

I'd add To Sir, with Love too if I had to list Poitier films I couldn't choose between.

scooper 3/29/2007 7:32 AM  

I want to see Crash, but I'm afraid that I'll get too upset.

Gattina 3/29/2007 7:45 AM  

I am sorry can't be of any help in this, lol ! I don't no nothing ! I think the books are translated into french (if they are) and then the titles are different. It's not so commun to get english books here !

Candy Minx 3/29/2007 9:13 AM  

Joy, this is so depressing.

Why not go to the library and say you don't have time to read all the books you have out and can you buy the for very low coast? Or is the library sending all it's materials someplace else? I may have missed that detail earlier.

Is the library offering some kind of mailing or annex service to your area through another library?

I am so sad about this whole thing. What about creating a rotating lending by mail situation...oh dear?

Thaks for your insight at my art survey I've got a lot of information to sort through!

L^2 3/29/2007 10:26 AM  

Wow, that's a lot of material to cover in only nine days. Good luck! As for the novels, I've heard that #7 is good, but I haven't read any of them, so I can't really give my opinion. I agree with Di about the DVDs though.
Thanks for stopping by my TT.

Raggedy 3/29/2007 11:03 AM  

I still can't believe they are really going to close the Library!
I don't know how you are going to finish all of those in 9 days.
It is sad that they are closing.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
Thank you for your visit.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Susan Helene Gottfried 3/29/2007 2:27 PM  

Okay, I'd missed that this closure was going to be indefinite. Still, it sucks.

Nine days, huh? Think you can get all that read and watched? Or are you going to hang onto it for when the library reopens?

Jamie 3/29/2007 2:58 PM  

I think you should take the time and watch all the DVDS. I'm not sure what novel you should read, I haven't heard of any of them. I also have a few novels I am going to send you sometime. That way, you can have some fiction in your life.

Jenny McB 3/29/2007 5:50 PM  

I can't believe it's still going to happen. I haven't read any of those, so I would go by length at this point. What are they going to do about the overdues?

Christina (BookTasty) 3/29/2007 7:42 PM  

Crash is a must see :) Be prepared for an emotional train wreck but enjoy! :)

Anonymous,  3/30/2007 4:57 AM  

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Anonymous,  3/30/2007 8:12 PM  

James Gleick is a very good author - covers overall concepts very well and very engagingly. You might be more interested in some of his other books, however: Faster: the Accelleration of Everything (our drive-thru time-crunched lifestyle), Chaos (about chaos theory concepts), or Genius (bio of physicist Richard Feynman). I own all three of those. They're approachable and appealing to people who are interested in the concepts and philosophy of science, more than the equations and proofs. :D

Anonymous,  4/02/2007 3:16 PM  

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