Saw this over the weekend at News of the Weird:
The business website Quartz reported in June that a popular consumer item in North Korea’s perhaps-improving economy is the refrigerator, made in China and increasingly available as a reward to stellar performers among civil servants and other elites. The appliances, however, cannot reliably store food because the country’s electric grid is so frequently offline and are mostly just status symbols. One item Quartz says often gets displayed in the refrigerator: books.
Bad Monkey (Carl Hiaasen): Andrew Yancy—late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office—has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first—this being Hiaasen country—Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy’s new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen’s greatest characters. (book description)
The Tower (Simon Toyne): When a cyber-attack at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland disables the Hubble telescope and the Nobel Prize–winning scientist in charge disappears, the only clues left behind are a cryptic countdown clock and a chilling message displayed on the missing man’s computer: Mankind Must Look No Further. (book description)
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Mary Roach): Fans of lively writing will be delighted by the newest monosyllable from Mary Roach. Once again Roach boldly goes where no author has gone before, into the sciences of the taboo, the macabre, the icky, and the just plain weird. And she conveys it all with a perfect touch: warm, lucid, wry, sharing the unavoidable amusement without ever resorting to the cheap or the obvious. Yum! —Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology and author of How the Mind Works
Welcome (back) students! The LRC is on summer schedule and will be open 8am-6:30pm Monday-Thursday and from 8am-12pm on Fridays. We look forward to working with our students, old and new, and will also resume regular services (Research Consultations and the like) and regular updates on our social media outlets.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with the LRC! Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, NPM serves to “widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern…[and] to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.” Sound interesting? This month the LRC joins in the fun with poetry-themed blog features, displays and posts to our social media sites.
Find out more about National Poetry Month at the Academy of America poets website FAQ or check out 30 fun ways to celebrate.
Bill Kinyon: “I can’t really explain why I like these poems…I just do.”
Poetry meets Art:
Take a look at two different forms of expression as they tackle the same subject matter! W.H. Auden’s poem Musee de Beaux Arts and Brughel’s famous painting, The Fall of Icarus.
Do you have a favorite poem or poet? Drop us a comment and let us know!
Test your knowledge of the world around you and win fabulous prizes, lasting prestige, and the eternal respect of your peers! This year’s Earth Day edition of Quiz Bowl will have an environmental theme but will challenge students’ grasp of trivia, general facts and local information. Quiz Bowl is limited to HCC students only and you may register your team of 3 at the LRC Circulation Desk by April 5th to participate. Knockout Round will take place on April 10th and the 2-Team Final Showdown will be during Spring fling on April 17th. First Prize: $75, Second Place: $30!
For more information please contact Rudy Beharrysingh at 627-4686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we are happy to announce a series of events promoting Eating Disorder Awareness Week. For more information on a particular event please contact Paul Denkenberger, Student Activities Coordinator, at 627-4607.
-Wednesday, February 6, 12-2pm: Showing and Discussion of the movie, “Thin” Room 206, Freedlander LRC
–Thursday, February 7, 12-2pm: Open Forum Discussion
Room 221, Building 200