Sunday, April 21, 2002

infolibre is on indefinite hiatus - please check out Library & Information Science News and NewBreed Librarian, where I'll still be contributing links on a regular basis.


One last one, though - don't miss Utopia Brittanica: British Utopian Experiments, 1325 - 1945 (thanks to Plep.)

Saturday, March 16, 2002

The L.A. Weekly profiles poet Ira Cohen:

Born in 1935 to deaf parents, raised on 92nd Street in New York, and higher-educated at Cornell and Columbia, Cohen went on to spend substantial creatively productive periods of his life in happening locations with adventurous people: the years in Morocco with Brion Gysin, William Burroughs and Paul Bowles; the mid- to late '60s in New York with the Living Theater, filmmakers Jack Smith and Alexandro Jodorowsky, and musicians like Tony Conrad and original Velvet Underground drummer Angus MacLise; and the '70s, when he spent two and a half years in India . . .

Also from L.A., a guerrilla drive-in.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

photograph by Yosuke Yamahata

Remembering Nagasaki. Thanks to Nutlog.

Monday, March 11, 2002

LISNews will be down for a while - Blake is wrestling with a spike in traffic stemming from interest in / outrage at a lame parody linked to late last week.

Sunday, March 10, 2002


Echoes of the Beat: More than a half-century after the young lions of the Beat generation converged on Denver; you still can hear echoes of their fledgling roars in the streets and buildings they once haunted, however briefly . . .

The Denver city government has put together an official Denver Beat Poetry Driving Tour.

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, and other cartoonists of note converged recently at the Philadelphia Free Library to discuss the state of the art:

To the question, "What is the future of independent publishing," the panel was surprisingly upbeat. "I think it will exist in one form or another," Charles Burns said. Though he didn't think the commercial prospects were very good, "people will keep on buying as long as you put stuff out there." [Art] Spiegelman likewise felt it was "relatively promising in its own weird way. As publishing itself becomes this totally marginalized activity, there's room for us marginal types in it."

Your intrepid editor will be walking 8 miles to beat Multiple Sclerosis:

Possibly 10, and on a Saturday morning no less - I'll be walking with the D.C. Special Libraries Assocation team in the year's MS Walk, and am trying to raise between $200 - $300. If any of you out there could be so kind as to kick in a few bucks, I'll be both touched and in your debt (i.e. I'll buy you a beer if we ever run in to one another at a conference. Provided that I succeed in weaseling my way into the profession, that is.) If you'd like to contribute drop me a line. Thanks.

The American Museum of Natural History Congo Expedition, May 1909 - November 1915

In 1909, a decade after Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness first depicted the mysteries and agonies of the area, Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo. They knew they were launching an extraordinary adventure, but they could not have imagined what those years would hold. By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens representing one of the most comprehensive African collections of the day.

This is the first offering of the AMNH Research Library's Digital Library Project. Thanks to Fred Stoss for the heads up.

Friday, March 01, 2002

Tomorrow is the D.C. Special Library Association's "Career Day," so I'm staying home and getting a good night's sleep in anticipation of the chance to implore various representatives of the Library of Congress to liberate me from retail. My obsession with the LOC was further cemented last night by an evening at the Mary Pickford Theatre. Matt and I took in a few Looney Tunes (shown in memory of Chuck Jones) and Gillo Pontecorvo's "Queimada!" (It's no "Battle of Algiers," but worth seeing for the hypnotic crowd scenes and Morricone soundtrack). I just need to get my foot in the door.
New York City or Lisbon?

Although New York City, America's largest city, was originally known as "New Amsterdam" and not "Lisbon," it was erroneously portrayed as Lisbon in [a] late-seventeenth-century map . . . In 1672, the French publisher C. L. Jollain issued [a] bird's-eye view of New Amsterdam, which was renamed "New York" after the British took complete control of the Dutch colony in 1674. As if to attest to its geographical accuracy, this representation includes an inset showing the relative location of New Amsterdam within the New Holland colony and applies place names that are an indication of a North American location. However, this is a fictitious map! In fact, the street pattern and the buildings are those of late sixteenth-century Lisbon. These elements of the map were copied from a popular image of Lisbon that was originally published in Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cologne, 1572-1618) and republished several times in other atlases during the seventeenth century.

Only one of the many interesting facts included in the Library of Congress' impressive exhibit Celebrating the Portuguese Communities in America: A Cartographic Perspective.