I am still reading Christopher Moore’s Fool while going back and forth to work and during my lunch breaks and I laughed out loud today, one of those short barking types of ha! laughs, when I came across this exchange between Pocket the Fool and some thespians he met on the road:
We’re rehearsing a classic from antiquity, Green Eggs and Hamlet, the story of a young prince of Denmark who goes mad, drowns his girlfriend, and in remorse, forces spoiled breakfast on all who he meets. It was pieced together from fragments of an ancient Merican manuscript.”
“No,” said I. “I think it will be too esoteric for the king. He is old and nods off during long performances.”
“Shame,” said big hat. “A moving piece. Let me do a selection for you. ‘Green eggs, or not green eggs? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to eat them in a box, with a fox–‘ ”
“Stop!” said I.
What made me laugh was that while I read this I wondered, “what would Harold Bloom think?” And then I wondered if I should try to find his Yale email address and send it to him. But then I decided perhaps that would not be a good idea. I don’t want hastening him to his grave on my conscience.
In library school news, remember that paper my Bookman declared boring? I got my grade back for it, 20/20. I received the following comments from my professor:
Your paper is the best in the class. Your document could pass for a company’s annual report. I like the formatting, style, and layout. It is an aesthetically pleasing document. Your writing is crisp. Each section is amply covered. It is clear to me you understand social cognitive theory to change employee behavior. You clearly put a lot of time and effort into this assignment.
I’ve been feeling rather smug ever since I got the grade on Friday. I’m not certain if a three-day weekend counts as having put in a lot of time, but I’m not going to correct him.
Now I am working on my next assignment due in a week. For it I had to interview a manager at an information organization. I took the risk and interviewed the director of the library where I work. She was enthusiastic and the whole thing went rather well. She was also kind enough to provide me with a copy of the library strategic plan and a budget summary, and documents from a self-study the library did last summer before the American Bar Association inspection. Writing a paper analyzing the library and her management style shouldn’t be too hard. However, I’ve gone and set the bar so high already this could be a bit challenging. I’m up for it.
Which leads me to work news. I still love my job and I have been there almost a month now. In March I am going to get to go to a local conference on libraries and technology. That should be fun. Currently, I am putting together a proposal for a library blog. Ours does not have a blog. It used to but no one wanted to do the work of writing regularly and so it fell by the wayside. When I asked my boss if we had a blog she said no, but if you want to do one I am sure it would be appreciated. And now I have been asked to write up a little something about the whys and wherefores and hows and whos to present to the director and the rest of the library staff.
I have a feeling that I will soon be finding myself writing up a little something about why we should be on Facebook. I’m not even on Facebook. But it’s the thing to do and I need to build a library resume on something more than checking books in and out and processing interlibrary loans.