In an effort, gentle reader, to have something to discuss with my junior year high school crush, I did something any shy, but sensible bibliophilic 16 year-old would do: I mimicked his reading habits. First, there were the war-torn stories of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, which he toted in a clear plastic backpack. Next, it was Yusef Komonyakaa’s brilliant Dien Cai Dau, which made me crazy, too — over Komonyakaa that is. (“Dien cai dau” means "crazy in the head" in Vietnamese). And while these two works have significantly influenced the way I appreciate literature, it wasn’t until I saw my crush reading Vladamir Nabokov’s Lolita that my (puppy) love for him was eventually replaced by my (very real, very long-lasting) love for Nabokov.
No book has moved me in simultaneous states of obstreperous laughter, deep sympathy, and utter revulsion as masterfully as Lolita. The writing is unarguably good—beautiful, even. The subject matter is profoundly repulsive. Indeed, it is the perverse central theme of the book that makes Plato’s indictment against poetry quite relevant: Stripped of its airs, Lolita, peppered with fancy-pants literary allusions, is nothing more than a book about a pathetic murderer and his bizarre penchant for a 12-year-old girl.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Published on Monday, July 16, 2012
Published on Friday, July 13, 2012
Changes are afoot in the Business, Science and Technology Division (Room 107).
Starting July 17, adult non-fiction books and other materials, including those found in Room 107, will permanently move to the second floor, to rooms 207 and 220.
The moving process will take roughly 3-4 weeks, so pardon our dust and the inconvenience while we move!
You can find out more by going to our Adult Non-Fiction page, or call the Information Desk at 727-0321 or 727-0324.
Film tribute planned for August
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
On June 26, 2012, readers and filmgoers everywhere lost a sparkling talent with the passing of Nora Ephron. Her works, however, live on. She was born in Manhattan on June 19, 1941 to two screenwriters. She and her three younger sisters--Delia, Amy, and Hallie--became writers. As a writer wielding the disarming weapon of humor, Ephron seemed ageless.
Published on Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This is the second post in a three-part series about rooms around the house. You can read the first post, on bathrooms, here.
Published on Monday, July 2, 2012
Thinking of buying a Kindle, but not sure which one to get?
Received a Nook as a gift and not sure how to use it?
Don't know the difference between an iPad and an iPod?
Are you wondering how to go about downloading books, movies, and music from the library?
Help is on the way.
Beginning in July, lunchtime and afterwork demonstrations will offer a look at the new devices and step-by-step instructions on how to download books, music and movies from the library's website. Come meet the Popular Services staff and let us help you! You can bring your own device or take a look at ours.
Published on Monday, July 2, 2012
Starting this fall, booklovers will have a place downtown to get together and talk about books over lunch: The DC Public Library. Readers will be able to bring their lunches, talk about their monthly reading and discover what other readers love and hate and why. Members will share opinions about their favorites and compare notes on the hottest new titles. Participants will also get a peek at what library staffers like to read.
Heroism and its Discontents
Published on Thursday, June 21, 2012
The spate of recent and upcoming superhero movies tends only to show the more successful heroes and crimefighters; your Batmans, Spider-Mans, Avengers... But what about those second- or third-tier superheroes?
How about taking a look at the junior varsity superhero squad?
Published on Friday, June 15, 2012
On June 19, 1812, President James Madison issued a proclamation to the public, declaring the United States was at war with Great Britain. The previous day, he had sent a message to Congress asking for a declaration of war. The war would define his presidency and the new nation.
To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a selection of books about the war from the History collection will be displayed outside of Room 207 during June. Read about how the United States and Great Britain become involved in war and its impact.
Poet Fred Joiner Shares Musical Words
Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Local poet and artist Fred Joiner will choose poems from the Black Studies collection that are inspired by Black music and share some of his own music-inspired poetry.
Fred Joiner's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Mosaic Literary Magazine and other publications. He has read widely throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Monday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. for an evening of jazzy spoken word magic!
Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Have you been meaning to join a book group, but can never find the time to make it to meetings? Are you an avid social media user as well as an avid reader? Do you just want to read some good books and discuss them with others?
Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!