Well…a kind of revolution. That wasn’t really the word for what it was. There was the People’s Republic of Treacle Mine Road (Truth! Freedom! Justice! Reasonably priced love! And a hard-boiled egg!) that would live for all of a few hours, a strange candle that burned too briefly and died like a firework.

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Night Watch, one of my favorite Discworld books.

(Source: stardust-rain, via ooksaidthelibrarian)

Tags: cyberpunk

libraryjournal:

Just another day at the office

I have felt many of these.

"In The Wee Free Men, the village has a tradition of burying a shepherd with a piece of wool on his shroud, so that the recording angel will excuse him all those times during lambing when he failed to attend church — because a good shepherd should know that the sheep come first. I didn’t make that up. They used to do that in a village two miles from where I live. What I particularly liked about it was the implicit loyalist arrangement with God. Americans, I think, sometimes get puzzled by people in Ireland who call themselves loyalists yet would apparently up arms against the forces of the crown. But a loyalist arrangement is a dynamic accord. It doesn’t mean we will be blindly loyal to you. It means we will be loyal to you if you are loyal to us. If you act the way we think a king should act, you can be our king. And it seemed to me that these humble people of the village, putting their little piece of wool on the shroud, were saying, “If you are the God we think you are, you will understand. And if you are not the God we think you are, to Hell with you.” So much of Discworld has come from odd serendipitous discoveries like that."

—  - Terry Pratchett, “Straight from the Heart, via the Groin,” A Slip of the Keyboard (via thelonelyskeptic)

(via ooksaidthelibrarian)

neil-gaiman:

ntsonline:

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, in a new adaptation created by Lu Kemp and Abigail Docherty. 

Written by Oliver Emanuel. Directed by Lu Kemp.

Photography by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

ARGH! I want to see this! Why Am I not in Scotland?

This looks fantastic.

(Source: nationaltheatrescotland.com)

myimaginarybrooklyn:

Vintage 1960’s Library Poster.

myimaginarybrooklyn:

Vintage 1960’s Library Poster.

(via thecommonlibrarian)

Tags: libraries

thelibraryperson:

transformativetidbits:

silencewhippersnapper:

bookriot:

A Librarian Responds to “What’s a Library?”

“Watch out, Mr. Rosenblum, your privilege is showing!”
Perfect.

Correct.

stay on the soap box rita, we need library folk shouting truths

thelibraryperson:

transformativetidbits:

silencewhippersnapper:

bookriot:

A Librarian Responds to “What’s a Library?”

Watch out, Mr. Rosenblum, your privilege is showing!”

Perfect.

Correct.

stay on the soap box rita, we need library folk shouting truths

(via niwandajones)

Tags: libraries

stephenfrancoeur:

Pull quote: “That said, that this information comes second or third-hand does concern me. I don’t know for a fact that Joe Murphy is a sexual predator. Do you? Here’s what I do know. Did he creep me out when I interacted with him? Yes. Did he creep out other women at conferences? Yes. Did he behave like an entitled jerk at least some of the time? Yes. Do many people resent the fact that a man with a few years of library experience who hasn’t worked at a library in years is getting asked to speak at international conferences when all he offers is style and not substance? Yes.”

talesofdrunkennessandcruelty:
Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett  isn’t jolly. He’s angry’
He will rage, as he leaves, against so many things: stupidity, injustice, human foolishness and shortsightedness, not just the dying of the light. And, hand in hand with the anger, like an angel and a demon walking into the sunset, there is love: for human beings, in all our fallibility; for treasured objects; for stories; and ultimately and in all things, love for human dignity.

Well worth a read.

talesofdrunkennessandcruelty:

Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’

He will rage, as he leaves, against so many things: stupidity, injustice, human foolishness and shortsightedness, not just the dying of the light. And, hand in hand with the anger, like an angel and a demon walking into the sunset, there is love: for human beings, in all our fallibility; for treasured objects; for stories; and ultimately and in all things, love for human dignity.

Well worth a read.

(via ooksaidthelibrarian)

"The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: 1) Silence; 2) Books must be returned no later than the last date shown; and 3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality."

— Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards! (via ooksaidthelibrarian)

(Source: bottleonthebookcase, via ooksaidthelibrarian)