Category Archives: Libraries

Sanford Berman’s letter on the OWS library

I’m so excited for this weekend, because the Twin Cities Anarchist Bookfair is happening! The Zine Apothecary is inches away from Powderhorn Park, so they’ll have open hours Saturday and Sunday 12-3. Also, the Fly Away Zine Mobile will be parked there from 10:30-2pm.

Anarchists and radicals from all over the Midwest will converge with books, zines, music, crafts, food, skills and much more! The bookfair will be a place for everyone from the anarcho-curious to committed revolutionaries to meet, share ideas, and continue the fight for a world free of all oppression. General Admission will be FREE and all ages.

The Bookfair will include:

- Tables for publishers, distros, bookstores, infoshops, and organizations

- Workshops and skillshares on everything from Buddhist Anarchism to bike maintenance

- Author talks by Terry Bisson, Andrej Grubacic, Waziyatawin, Anthony Nocella, and others

- FREE lunch Saturday and Sunday

- Really Really Free Market!

- Music in the park!

-First Aid/Street Medic workshop from 4:30-6 on Saturday 17th in the Small Crafts room

- Games!

- After-party!

- And much more!

Check out their website for a list of participants and schedule.

Moveable Type coming to Minneapolis!

First, head to MCBA (1011 Washington Ave S) from 4pm-7pm for a visit with Kyle Durrie and her type truck–a truck turned mobile letterpress studio. At 6pm, the slideshow will commence. Pull a print in a mobile print shop and hear about the life of the itinerant letterpress printer.

At 8pm, the Type Truck and the Fly Away Zine Mobile will pull into the Zine Apothecary (3310 15th Ave S) for an afterparty potluck with zines and zinemakers. Bring the bounty from your garden or a treat to share, and we’ll take over the alley with underground press and zine-y fun times. Potluck + letterpress studio + 2 zine libraries= an amazing Monday night.


Do you know about Zineswap? I didn’t either, but it involves zines and swapping, two of my favorite things. I guess it’s a zine archive and resource, two MORE of my favorite things. Here’s an interview with Rob Peart, Zineswap’s cool person.

UFOs and strange sightings in MN

(Bigfoot in MN)

Science-Great Mysteries: Lake Monster, the Sasquatch & UFO’s

Class Description:

Dr. Charles Huver is a biologist from the University of Minnesota who has traveled to Loch Ness, Scotland and Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, in search of lake monsters. He has also participated in ane xpedition to study the Sasquatch. The 3rd session will be a discussion of the nature of UFO’s including recent Midwestern sightings.

This class is being offered at Minneapolis Community Education. So, there’s an improper apostrophe use–I’m not letting it stop me. I wonder who else will take this class and what the discussions will be.
Interested? It’s in October for three nights. We can talk about our strange sightings and the impossible. We’ll file it under improbablia–the term the Los Angeles Public Library used to group “futuristic technology, wars in outer space, ghost stories and Gothic romances”, …so anything looking toward the past (magic, werewolves, sorcery, wizards) (which are still in the present!) as Fantasy, with a subcategory of horror. Anything forward-thinking, Science Fiction. I read about it in The Monster Show.

Also, in other strange news, did you know that St. Paul had a UFO?

Jump ahead to 55 seconds to see the good stuff. The narrative is an added bonus.

Information Ethics

Hello! There is a new issue of the Information for Social Change Journal: Information Ethics, edited by Mikael Böök. There are articles from all over the world!


Tenement Museum Online Photo Database is up!

Hooray! The Tenement Museum in NYC just put their photo collection online.

You can search by place, photographer or artist, person’s name, description or time frame.  They have top tags and popular searches like “Immigrants“, “Lower East Side“, and “97 Orchard Street“.
The Tenement Museum is a museum where you can take guided tours of what a typical tenement apartment was like for the thousands of immigrants who lived and died in them in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Occult libraries and Manly P. Hall

There is a very interesting piece in The Believer this month about Occult Libraries and Manly P. Hall. You should go out and buy it, or if you don’t want to spend $8, find an awesome library that subscribes. Manly P. Hall was a mystic who wrote The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy in 1928. He also founded the Philosophical Research Center in the most un-magical of all places, Los Angeles.

I would like to not be typing in italics right now. I would also like to read his biography, Master of the Mysteries.

Daguerreotypes in the 21st century

I’m super jealous. The Daguerreian Society is having their annual symposium in Philly in November. Sarah Weatherwax, the Curator of Prints and Photographs at The Library Company of Philadelphia, has curated a show of Daguerreotypes in Philadelphia, 1839-1860: Casting a Shadow.

They have a ton of speakers and tours of Project Basho, the community darkroom in Philly.  They’ll talk about restoring Daguerreotypes and there will be a place to buy your very own. If you’re in Philly, Takashi Arai‘s first US show of Daguerreotypes he took in Japan are on view at Project Basho, called Flawless Lakes, through January 17th.

Gorgeous! How I wish I could make my own Dagurerreotypes! I could if I went to Takashi’s Daguerreotype workshop on November 7th at Project Basho. The following week he’ll be on a panel discussion with other contemporary practitioners.

So, so cool. I hope this trend of 19th century photography in the modern day continues. It looks soooo much better than digital, and has a craft to it. Take that computers!

Tupac’s academic papers

Well, maybe not academic, but the Tupac Amarau Shakur Foundation and Tupac’s mother donated his papers (I hope some rolling papers made it in there) to the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center.

Here’s an article about it.

I bet Tupac never considered nerdy-cute archivists would be creating finding aids and cataloging his work. But it’s happening, so if you want to do some scholarly research about Tupac, or my favorite song, “Gangsta Party”, you know where to do it.