on Balzac, Borges, Breaking Bad, and libraries (1)

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This is the first part of a longer piece about reading, series and cycles, narrative and knowledge, and libraries. It started out as two things: a first post about libraries, and a second post about cyclical narrrative. Then when I saw that the two were connected, I stuck allthenotestogether. The result was a giant hairy indigestible horror, or maybe a horrid giant hairball, so it’s now been split into at least two.

Part the First, this one here, looks at libraries.

Part the Second looks at big cyclical narrative and its connection to libraries, in an attempt to show why burying books in storage silos is a terrible thing to do. There is a way in which it might not be a terrible thing, but this is a way which not yet, I think, been contemplated or created. Consider that post a contribution to my box-ticking of forms, for Innovation and Ideas.

It is possible that Part the Second might be split into two. We’ll see.



“Reading” and appropriate “reading-week activities” as re-envisioned by my university. Sans commentaire:

Reading week activities at UBC Library

There are plenty of activities for all to enjoy during Reading Week. Stop by UBC Library to catch a film, play some games or learn from a workshop. All activities are free of charge.


February 1 – 28
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, level 3
Chapman Learning Commons showcase exhibit
This exhibit highlights the services the CLC offers to students and the UBC community. From peer coaches and tutoring to equipment lending, the CLC has a lot to offer.
Tuesday, February 18
All dayKoerner Library
Research in a Day workshops
Koerner Library is offering ten of it’s most popular workshops for any interested graduate students, staff, instructors or faculty – all in one day. Sessions include citation management tools, literature reviews, how to build your academic profile, and using GIS in research.
Thursday, February 20
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Xwi7xwa Library
Getting Started with Zotero
Have you ever said “my paper is done… except for the bibliography and citations” and then proceeded to pull all nighter? If so, it might be time to learn how to use Zotero! Zotero is a citation management tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share your resources (ALL your resources – books, articles, news sources, websites, videos… you name it!)Tea and bannock will be provided.
Thursday, February 20
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Koerner Library, 3rd floor.
Games Day
Take a break from your research and come to Koerner Library for an afternoon of board games and fun! Bring your own games or enjoy one of the games provided. Games available include: Scrabble, Fluxx, Cranium, Apples to Apples, and more!
Friday, February 21
2 p.m.
Koerner Library, Room 216
Film Screening: Scott Pilgrim vs the World
The perfect film to watch on a lazy weekday afternoon when you’re supposed to be doing homework! Part of the recently acquired Videomatica collection.
February 24 – 28
Koerner Library, 2nd and 3rd floors
Freedom to Read Week exhibit
During Freedom to Read Week Koerner Library will be running a series of displays reminding us of the dangers of censorship and the benefits of freedom of expression. Displays include a timeline of banned/challenged books in Canada and posters of frequently challenged works.