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Jessy Randall The United States is making so many mistakes right now. I can't get used to it, and I don't think we should get used to it. I can't believe how stupid we are, despite all the proofs of... Continue reading
Jessy Randall Yay, Stranger Things added another girl to the gang, so along with Eleven, we got Mad Max, skateboarder, Dig Dug champ, sister of very scary dude Billy, family with a mysterious past. Cool! But then, not cool. SPOILERS,... Continue reading
Jessy Randall When I accepted a position as Colorado College archivist in 2001, many small mysteries awaited me: had Mathias Hall been designed by prison architects? (No.) What happened to the statue of Winged Victory in the old Coburn Library?... Continue reading
Jessy Randall In the spring of 1962, Colorado College students, faculty, and staff moved books and other materials from the soon-to-be-demolished Coburn Library to the new Tutt Library in what became known as the Big Book Move. Boxes traveled down... Continue reading
Jessy Randall Borrowing from myself over at Library Shenanigans ... The best thing about this shenanigan, to me, isn’t that it takes place at my own library (I’m in charge of Special Collections at Colorado College). No, the best thing... Continue reading
Jessy Randall Borrowing from myself over at Library Shenanigans ... The best thing about this shenanigan, to me, isn’t that it takes place at my own library (I’m in charge of Special Collections at Colorado College). No, the best thing... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall Colorado College Special Collections recently acquired five editions of Dante's Commedia for use alongside the 1491, 1536, and 1822 editions (and others) already in our teaching collection. Above, an image from a facsimile of the 14th century "Dante... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall James Patterson doesn't actually write the majority of his books! You guys probably already knew this, but I didn't. My 13-year-old daughter recently got into Patterson's books (or should I say "Patterson's" books), both the Maximum Ride young... Continue reading
Jessy Randall My past month has been taken up with the big library move at Colorado College. My department, Special Collections, moved from Tutt South (colloquially known as "Tuttlet") to the newly renovated Tutt Main (soon to be just plain... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall For fifteen years I've worked in "Tuttlet," the 1980 addition to the Colorado College Tutt Library (built 1962). This is what Tuttlet looks like this week: And soon it will be gone altogether. I'm in my new digs... Continue reading
Jessy Randall My friend, political scientist Kris Kanthak, delivered this sermon at a Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh this past Sunday. I felt better after reading it and feel like maybe there's a way forward in the U.S. after all. *******************... Continue reading
Jessy Randall Laurie R. King's new novel, Lockdown, is really good. I read it on the beach and on the porch during a vacation that just ended. And now I will go back to dealing with the over 300 emails... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall When you're trying to write a poem and your cat sits on your notebook. How do they know? Why do they do this?? The folks at Bustle have some possible explanations. Continue reading
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Jessy Randall Now and then, on Facebook, I'll see a post along the lines of "why are all the rejections arriving at the same time??". I went into my submission records to see if there are certain months when magazines... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall Ruth Ware is my new favorite mystery author! This book's so good. I'm gonna go back and read her first novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and I can look forward to her new one, The Lying Game,... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall I'm reading a mystery-not-mystery novel right now, Barbara Gowdy's Helpless. It's the story of the kidnapping of a preternaturally beautiful nine-year-old girl. Gowdy got into the minds of elephants in her novel White Bone and now she's in... Continue reading
Jessy Randall J. Ryan Stradal's novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific book. It's the story of Eva Thorval, a chef with a palate described by other characters as "the most sophisticated I've ever seen" and "once-in-a-generation." Each... Continue reading
I don't know about you, but lately I can't seem to write anything except anti-trump stuff. Mostly I've been taking other people's drawings of animals (send me yours, jessyrandall@yahoo.com, I like jpegs) and putting leftist words with them. I know... Continue reading
Jessy Randall My writer-friend Jonathan Caws-Elwitt recently realized that his favorite Lawrence Block novel is The Burglar in the Library and his favorite L C. Tyler novel is The Herring in the Library, leading him to search around for other... Continue reading
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Lorinda J. Taylor guest-blogs for Jessy Randall this week. ★★★★★ I've read some of T. Lee Harris’s Egyptian tales and liked them a lot, but Hanukkah Gelt is the first of her mysteries that I’ve read. It was very enjoyable... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall The best detective novel / thriller I've read in months is Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters. Maybe it's not officially a mystery, not exactly, but it's definitely in that ballpark -- we have a conflicted narrator hunting... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall Things that are cheering me up during the shit show that is American politics right now: Pokemon Go update long walks and bike rides my work at Colorado College Special Collections Mary Chenoweth exhibition at the Colorado Springs... Continue reading
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Jessy Randall I'm the resident librarian at Dead Guy, so this post is at least semi-appropriate for the blog. Borrowing from my own work at Library Shenanigans... Check out this sign at the library of the Howard University School of... Continue reading
You're always allowed to say nice one! You joke about being barred, but a lot of things we thought were jokes seem to be happening for real these days.
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Jessy Randall You guys, I'm in Washington right now for the protest march. No time for blogging, so I'll just say that I thought of a slogan for the next four years: It's not a dictatorship, it's just a dick. Continue reading