The Boss at 70

Bruce Springsteen’s 70th birthday—September 23—seemed as good a reason as any to pester my coworkers with an all staff three question survey about the Boss. Here’s an unofficial look at the library’s Springsteen stances. Q1:When was the Boss at his dreamiest? As you can see above, about half of the library’s staff didn’t answer, but…
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Tolkien Mania

The way I remember it, if my seventh grade English teacher caught you chewing gum in class, she’d walk over to your desk and leisurely but purposefully cup an upturned palm below your still masticating chin. You had to spit out your gum in her hand. Gross…
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I Guess I’m a Sir Now?

2018 was kind of a stinker. Personally, nationally, globally. Woof. It was also the year I turned 30. All of a sudden, Hyvee cashiers are calling me sir.   Double woof. And even though a majority of my brain KNOWS that 30 isn't old, part of me feels ancient. And it's only going to get…
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MARVELous Women

I grew up watching superheroes in their 90s cartoon incarnations, so I’ve been familiar with a handful of female supers for as long as I can remember. That said, the overwhelming majority of superheroes in my orbit were men. Fortunately, the costumed do-gooder lineup has gotten much more diverse with every passing decade. I mean…
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Lone Wolf and Burger

I’m a big Bob’s Burgers fan. It’s a top ten show for me. I own all the seasons (and the delightful soundtrack to boot). We quote it (and often sing it) almost daily at my household. Heck, this isn’t even the first time I’m writing about it.  An all time great episode is the fifth…
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World Music Mixtape

Since last November’s Luaka Bop spotlight, I’ve disgracefully neglected my world music search. Hoping to make up for lost time, I asked my coworkers to share some of their favorite albums from our World Music collection. Here are their responses…
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July 4th Burger Blues

The Fourth of July was a tough holiday for me. It’s not a lack of patriotism, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s the barbecues. You’d think I’d have gotten used to not eating meat after so long, but man. Just thinking about some nice grilled hamburgers gets me ready to abandon a decade’s worth of vegetarianism…
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