In this week’s issue, BiblioBuffet’s contributors bring you, our readers, a surprising range of work. Travel back in time to visit with Richard II, or share the exuberant experiences of a special librarian. Debate the impact of online reading on our brains, take a look at a unique memoir, peek in on a most disrespectful and amusing author interview, and explore the world of a history in brief. We have it all just for you.
Nicki Leone’s passion for Shakespeare finds its way into many parts of her life including gardening. A recent warm spring day, ideal for working in the dirt, was also ideal for listening to her favorite CD collection of Shakespeare’s plays, in particular, Richard II, in which she found a “play of politics, personality, and plants” in Richard II: Outdoors and In.
A debut memoir that stretches the description of the genre by using character studies of her friends and family (rather than traditional narrative) enables the author to “cobble together an intimate portrayal of her own life while rarely speaking directly about herself.” And despite problems, Lindsay Champion says, this rule-breaker is a winner in Everyone We Know.
The economy is hurting many not least among them libraries. Lauren Roberts shares the story of one library and its struggles and successes in bringing reading and books to a tiny community in Building a Library, Dollar by Dollar, Book by Book.
Lauren Baratz-Logsted takes out her sharp wit and ruthless determination on yet another hapless happy writer, this time YA author, Kristy Kiernan. To her delight Kristy was no pushover, and the resultant interview is some of the best snark-on-snark we’ve yet delivered in The Disrespectful Interviewer.
Shorthand, the “language” of brevity that has recorded centuries of history, law, politics, and business, came to an end for the most part about three-quarters of the way through the twentieth century. Lauren Roberts, for one, is personally grateful since her failure to “get it” kept her off the secretarial road. However, its history is a long and fascinating one as she shares in The Long History of Shorthand.
Are there real changes in reading skills when the ability to read effectively online is achieved and used regularly? Though the Internet is a constant in her life, guest columnist Stefani C. Peters recalls the times in her life when the only way out of a frightening state of depression was her offline reading of books, newspapers, and magazines in My Brain on E-books.