Librarian. Zinester. Do-gooder.

Learn to love solitude, to be more alone with yourselves. The tragedy of today’s young people is that they try to unite on the basis of carrying out noisy and aggressive actions so as not to feel lonely, and this is a sad thing. The individual must learn from childhood to be on his own, for this doesn’t mean to be lonely: it means to not get bored with oneself, because a person who finds himself bored when he is alone, it seems to me, is a person in danger.

—Andrei Tarkovsky on being asked, ‘What would you like to tell young people?’  (via lavandula)

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Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me.

—J.K. Rowling  (via mer-se)

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On Perfectionism as Procrastination Enabler

Grad school and my subsequent - and thus far unsuccessful - job hunt have ruined me for spontaneity. I was once a carefree punk rock drummer, unafraid of improvisation and any accompanying critique. Now, I fear that any word that I type on any of my obscure blogs or social sites will ruin my (non-existent) career. What happened?

I over-achieved in in every manageable way while in library school. My program was 36 hours; I took 42. And I didn’t bother with classes I perceived as easy (read: fun) like “Graphic Novels.” I took meaningful courses in project management and similarly dull topics. I wasn’t only a graduate assistant; I was a TA to the head of my program: Health Informatics (read: medical librarian). I even took a class that required a bi-monthly 500+ mile round-trip commute because I was assured it was superior to the similar local offering. Finally, I not only joined the professional organization of my chosen career path, but I presented a paper at the national conference while still a student. It has been year since graduation and I can’t even get hired as a page.

Even with all of that over-achieving going on nothing I did ever approached perfection. Why does perfectionism plague me now? More importantly, how do I move past this self-imposed obstacle? These are, of course, strictly rhetorical questions. I am actively writing my way out of this mess (nod to JTB) and better days lay ahead, surely.



“THEY WERE JUST TEENAGERS” idk man I was a crazy, stupid, reckless, and unstable teenager but not once did I ever get the urge to kidnap, drug, and rape someone


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Bill Sienkiewicz 1990: Friendly Dictators trading cards

Sienkiewicz’s work on Brought to Light clearly made him a prime candidate to illustrate the Friendly Dictators trading cards. Like Brought to Light, it was published by Eclipse Enterprises and sought to use pop culture media to call attention to the American government’s and/or business’s cozy relationships with brutal regimes. The “cancelled” stamp element (also used in Brought to Light) refers to autocrats who eventually fell out of favor.

Seeing all these cards side-by-side, you can get a sense of the kind of artistic diversity-within-consistency Sienkiewicz is capable of.

These cards are out of print, but if you want to read the about America’s relationship with each of these dictators (maybe like me, you’re thinking Hitler? Really?), a bunch of websites like this one have transcribed these cards and recounts the details of each relationship.

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Post-it Notes Left on the Train

Writer and illustrator October Jones, the creative genius behind Text From Dog and these funny train commute doodles, is at it again with these hilarious motivational post-it notes that he leaves on the train and in other random places.The upbeat doodles, which star Jones’ adorable character Peppy the Inspirational Cat, convey positive and funny messages meant to motivate daily commuters. Whether you’re feeling the Monday blues or in need of some encouragement, Jones’ delightful post-it notes are sure to brighten your day and remind you just how awesome you are.

Via My Modern Metropolis 

Thanks Amber, for passing these along!

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