Monthly Archives: January 2013

It looks like a really interesting program! I’m especially excited to check out at least one of the workshops.


The Program and Local Arrangements Co-chairs are pleased to announce that the conference program and registration are now available for the 41st Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference!

We look forward to welcoming you to Pasadena, California, April 25-29, 2013, and are excited to share the conference program, which will engage, enlighten, and educate with its sessions, workshops, tours and special events.

The conference will officially kick-off with an opening plenary on Friday at 1:45 p.m. A panel of curators, scholars and archivists will discuss Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945—1980, the unprecedented collaboration that produced nearly 70 exhibitions and 25 performances across Southern California which examined the birth of the art scene in Los Angeles and how it become a major new force in the art world.

The conference will draw to a close with the Convocation and a reception on Sunday night at…

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TBR Challenge 2013: Trickster

To kick off the TBR challenge this month, the theme was short stories. I decided to read Trickster, a book that I picked up at the American Library Association conference last summer after hearing the editor, Matt Dembicki, speak on a panel.


Trickster is a graphic novel that collects Native American trickster stories. The stories are written by Native American storytellers, and each one uses a different illustrator. I think this is a really interesting concept. The stories are enjoyable and some of the art is really lovely. However, I actually didn’t like this book quite as much as I’d hoped that I would. It would probably help to say that I don’t generally enjoy short stories for some reason. I always want to, but I can just never get emotionally involved with them.

That being said, I think I would still recommend this book if you really like both graphic novels and short stories, especially if you also have a soft spot for mythology/folklore.

Cooking for Graduate Students


Since I’m in graduate school right now, I don’t cook very much. However, I occasionally find something that’s fast and simple and makes a lot of leftovers. This is a fantastic combination for me. Not only am I avoiding fast food today, but also there are fewer $3 pizzas in my future.

This dish is called Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella, and I got it out of Everyday Food magazine. This magazine is, sadly, no longer in print on its own. I think it is now available as a supplement to Martha Stewart Living. However, you can still find this recipe (and others) online ( This is a really hearty and filling meatless dish that was equally tasty when re-heated. It also smells amazing while cooking and provides a nice sense of accomplishment when you take it out of the oven.

One note to this recipe is that putting two 28-ounce cans of whole peeled tomatoes into a food processor turned out to be disastrous to my kitchen. I ended up just gently breaking the tomatoes apart with my hands. If I tried this recipe again, I would try using one can of crushed tomatoes and one can of either diced or whole tomatoes instead.

I’m would like to be able to say that Cooking for Graduate Students will become a regular series on this blog, but I’ve sworn off making additional time commitments for a little while. For me at least, cooking is a nice break from research and reading, and I hope that someone else will enjoy it too.