A few details from the Standard of Ur.

Found in southern Iraq, and dating to about 2600-2400 BCE, the Standard of Ur depicts one of the earliest representations of a Sumerian army.

Courtesy of & currently located at The British Museum, London: ME 121201. Photos taken by Steven Zucker.

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Brian Dettmer- a Decade of turning Book Surgery into Art

The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.


(Source: crossconnectmag, via thatgothlibrarian)

Tags: book art



Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.

Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.

*rolls around on the floor cackling*

Oh shit that’s cute

I am tempted to start offering a free “I will not date a feminist” t-shirt to any dude who promises to wear it ALL THE TIME. Just in the interests of saving everybody’s time, natch.

Tags: feminism

Sept. 27 11:23 am


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Tags: ferguson

Unintentional cat outfit coordination.
Lisa (Branch Clerk) and Jennifer (Branch Librarian) from a public library in Indiana.

Cats! Librarians! Catbrarians!


Unintentional cat outfit coordination.

Lisa (Branch Clerk) and Jennifer (Branch Librarian) from a public library in Indiana.

Cats! Librarians! Catbrarians!

"This Thursday at the Night Vale Public Library is the twice-annual Cleaning of the Books. The Sheriff’s Secret Police Super Secret Special Forces Unit will be on hand to subdue the librarians, who regularly attempt to not only undermine our city with dangerous books, but also sink their sharp claws and pincers into library visitors before flying them off to eat or toy with or whatever it is they do to their victims."

— Welcome to Night Vale, episode 54: A Carnival Comes to Town (via thatgothlibrarian)

So in Night Vale, the librarians weed YOU?

(Source: the-librarians-of-night-vale, via thatgothlibrarian)


As long as I resist you, I live. If I win, you set me free.

Det sjunde inseglet (1957) dir. Ingmar Bergman

(Source: alsk00, via lonelysilverrain)



To Joe Murphy:

I do not support your lawsuit against Lisa Rabey and nina de jesus. As a librarian and educator, I value open dialogue and believe the proper response to accusations of harassment is understanding and engagement. Instead, you have chosen to use legal action to silence future…

Signed, Galen Charlton.