So, it looks like the time has come when late-90s–early-00s hardcore is hitting the archival stage. I picked up the quite excellent Building a Better Robot: 10 Years of the Mr. Roboto Project, which, to my mind, reads like a mini handbook to quite a bit of the hardcore/indie scene of the first part of the last decade. Even though I experienced it in Tucson, Pgh doesn’t really seem that far away. . . .
Mr. Al Burian is revolving in the same orbit in his review, “Nicely Dressed Noise,” of the hyperarchival Touchable Sound: A Collection of 7-inch Records from the USA. (Is this is the state of hardcore? needing to emphasize how it is now just an entry into the[/our own personal] archive? Could be worse. They could be mashing up Drive Like Jehu. Oh, wait.)
There is a blog that seriously just shows bookshelves. It is called Bookshelf Porn. Ah, bookshelves. A sample.
Wow, check out the 25 most beautiful university libraries in the world over at flavorwire. Wow. My univ. library at Pitt, well, let’s just say it didn’t make the list by a long shot. A sample.
For a course in New Literature I’m teaching this upcoming semester, which I’ve subtitled “U.S. Fiction in the Wake of Postmodernism,” my students are keeping a course blog. Check it out here. Content will be arriving shortly. (And wow, just realized no posts for the whole month of Dec. Been a while since I’ve done that. . . ).