called the library today because she heard that Ireland was in the EU, but England is not, and she wanted to know how this could happen, and if she had missed any of the news of Ireland’s independence from England.
I did not ask her if she had received that telegraph in 1922.
Then I informed her that the UK is, in fact, in the EU; they just use the Pound instead of the Euro. That just raised further questions.
She did, however, know that Wales and Scotland must be part of England (in fact) because Charles is the Prince of Wales. This went on for about 15 minutes of my life.
In which I reveal my elitism and corresponding guilt.
I make pretentious assumptions about our chat patrons based on their typing. Whether it is text-speak, or overly formal. I make assumptions about the patron’s age, sex, ethnicity, and overall competency, and I come to resent the patron pretty much regardless of what I think the answers to those questions are.
But it’s especially bad when you tell me your scholarly investigation today is in the field of “leadership.”
Yesterday and Tuesday I was in the dungeon/lab digitizing the sweet 500-year-old Persian manuscript collection, and I was struck with an inspiration.
There on the delicate but still vibrant pages, in an illumination of ancient battle and triumph, lay the clear image of a dog licking another dog’s balls.
Perhaps it was a comment by the artist to juxtapose his nation’s victory with the base obscenities of reality to demonstrate the gruesome nature of conflict, without fear of censorship or retribution.
Or maybe he just thought a dog licking another dog’s balls would be funny.
Either way, if there is a lesson to be learned, and if there is yet dignity and unity in the common struggle of humankind - if there is something noble that can reach out to each of us across the boundaries of time, language, religion, and international borders - let it speak to us from this 500 year old Persian drawing of a dog licking another dog’s balls.
In their next move, House Republicans aim to arrest and torture all the nation’s kittens - because only women, Gypsies, and Satanists own cats, and America needs vital information on the activities of these domestic enemies.
So in the days before Google, most reference questions were ready reference questions. Things like, what’s the population of Milwaukee, or who is the Archbishop of Canterbury. Now, the only people who ask those are really old people. Most priests also tend to be really old people. So, at least once a week, I get an old priest (not affiliated with the college at all), calling or stopping in to ask me ready reference questions and I’m so bad at handling them.
I like ready reference questions because old people don’t know about Google, and so they think I’m some kind of wizard. Especially when it’s over the phone.
I’m pretty sure the Archbishop of Canterbury is some kind of wizard too.
Conservatives are even funnier when they talk to you expecting you to agree with them because they think you’re one of them just because you’re a white guy whose accent makes the words “are” and “our” sound the same.
Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure House Republicans are riling us up about Planned Parenthood to distract us from other bullshit they are pulling. They don’t want us to be loud and angry while we point out how weak and pathetic their…
Goddamnit, this is the 21st goddamn century. How is this behavior acceptable? How could this even occur to a person?
Now, Republicans, I’m not trying to start any fights, but can you clear something up for me? You’re against abortion (regardless of the health needs of the mother), against healthcare, against most government welfare programs (which help whole families, including actual living, breathing children), for war, and for killing abortion providers.
Is what you’re trying to tell me is that when you say you’re “pro-life”, really the only lives you care about saving are fetuses?
"Although no actual evidence was substantiated by this study..."
[for the impact of cultural institutions on wider social issues], we’re going to talk about how good cultural institutions are anyway because it makes us feel good, and that’s all we’re really about here in library school.
Nevermind the fact that article admits that the evidence doen’t support it at all.