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Basically, Ellison wrote to the hit sci-fi writers of the '60s (a golden age for the genre) and said, "Hey, give me your most cutting edge, envelope-pushing short stories and I'll put the best ones in this book." What he got was two anthologies full of a new wave of science fiction writing, new in terms of both content and style. Things that would be too edgy to get published in other formats got out in "Dangerous Visions", and all pieces are written powerfully enough to transport you to alternate universes/other worlds/different times. Some of my favorite quotes come from "Dangerous Visions" and "Again, Dangerous Visions". Sarrantonio wrote that Ellison and DV "almost single-handedly [...] changed the way readers thought about science fiction" (Sarrantonio, "999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense"). Such a feat definitely seems worthy of a Macalester student's admiration.
I love being able to help people learn about how to use the multitude of resources at their fingertips (particularly in the basement, what with me being LibTech and all). I also just love books and journal articles, so it's comforting to be surrounded by vast amounts of knowledge I can discover with just a trip away from the desk.
When I read this during my junior year, I suddenly remembered what it's like to love reading for its own sake--to be moved and hooked by a book so much that I couldn't wait to finish but also didn't want it to end. After spending so much time reading because I was an English major, it was refreshing to reaffirm that I was an English major because I love reading. And it just so happens that language, communication, and the feelings behind words are exactly what this play's about. (But it's also really exciting! Promise.)
Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. Sula is an amazing book about life, love and friendships.
I have a great relationship with the whole library staff. Everyone is really positive and we enjoy doing our work. We have great conversations and the atmosphere is very positive. Its also really nice to work with people who went to school at Macalester and to be able to hear the stories they have to share.
My friend and I picked this book up at a Barnes and Noble once and read the whole thing in the store. The stories are plainly written, but I think Pu Songling has a few tricks up his sleeve.
I have enjoyed getting to know all my coworkers and supervisors, and it has been strangely fun to see what kinds of movies everyone is watching.
I first read The Golden Compass when I was 8 years old, and it was the first novel I had read that was beautiful and challenging and exciting all at once. My paperback copy is now worn with countless readings; I've never grown sick of it. This was also the first book I had found with an awesome heroine I could relate to. Lyra is scrappy, tough, and incredibly flawed, and I was convinced we were going to be best friends.
I get to work with wonderful people and be around books all of the time. What more could you want out of a job?
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