Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Photographic pleasures, again: Opacity.us

Opacity.us is full of mesmerizing photographs by the talented, enigmatic and handsome 'Mr. Motts'. This addictive site features gorgeous images from 'urban exploration' – the practice of entering closed or abandoned buildings or spaces, seeing what's there, and (ideally) leaving without damaging or removing any of the contents.

Opacity.us could attract many different audiences: people into steampunk culture, Goths, architecture enthusiasts, and photography fans. Some buildings in the galleries were built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and often many attractive architectural details remain intact. Elegant shapes and finely carved or cast details assert their beauty among broken windows and graffiti. Corrosion, peeling paint, water damage, and other decay produces striking visual effects, rich with texture and color. In some of the more remote buildings, plant life has forced its way in, turning enclosed courtyards into little forests, sending green vines or branches up walls or through glassless windows. Moss softens the appearance of stark walls and floors. Practical, functional spaces somehow acquire sensual qualities through Mott's lens. Each location becomes a strange alternate reality; full of vaguely familiar objects but eerily out of sync with the world you think you know.

The mood set by these photographs can vary from dreamlike to nostalgic to frightening. Somehow he knows how to frame a shot of an empty chair so that the image makes the viewer wonder about the people who once occupied these buildings. You're almost compelled to think of the lonely patients, children in state schools, factory workers, priests and nuns, the nurses and doctors who cared for the people confined in these sprawling spaces. Their absence from the spaces makes one curious about their presence, particularly when human touches appear. Papers and dishes sit on desks or in kitchens as though someone has stepped away for moments instead of years. A medicine cabinet still holds toothbrushes labeled with the names of vanished patients.

Locations run a fascinating gamut: mental hospitals, a crypt, old prisons, schools, a train yard, factories, hotels, chapels and other types of institutional buildings. Many sites were once asylums for the tubercular or mentally ill, or 'isolation hospitals' for people suffering from various diseases. There's even a series of atmospheric industrial images from a Stella Artois brewery in Belgium. The latest photo galleries feature abandoned locations in Belgium: a convent with arched doorways inside and out, and an amusement park where two ostriches still wander among old bumper cars and giant slides. The photographs are well composed and visually powerful.

The photographer sometimes employs certain techniques to create a particular look, such as long exposures or digital manipulation of color, but usually the 'look' comes from a keen understanding of how to work with available light, and a distinctive aesthetic sensibility.

Urban exploration is a somewhat controversial subject. Most of the locations are private property, and they are usually patrolled by security guards or local police. Entering abandoned or closed buildings is illegal, of course, and indulging one's curiosity = trespassing in most jurisdictions. There is a considerable risk of injury from rotting floorboards, broken glass, asbestos, mold, needles discarded by drug users, or other hazards. Motts clearly states that the photographs and information on his site are for "historic and enjoyment purposes only" and does not encourage others to duplicate his efforts by visiting the sites; indeed, he often conceals their true names and locations as a means of protecting them from vandalism. However, some buildings are well known, and historical information is provided for these. Many of the buildings have burned down or been destroyed, so there's a preservation aspect as to this photo site.

Images are searchable by keyword. There is a comments function for each photo. Some commenters are past employees or residents of mental health institutions, hospitals, or similar institutions and the true-life stories they share often provide context and understanding of the equipment or physical arrangements of the rooms. The reasons for the construction of half-walls surrounding beds on an open ward become clear, as does the widespread popularity of hydrotherapy for psychiatric patients, evidenced by the many sizes and shapes of bathtubs in asylums. It gets grim sometimes; Motts doesn't hesitate to photograph empty morgues, iron lungs, gurneys, or carcasses of animals that take shelter in abandoned structures. However, his approach turns images of the skeletal wings of a bird into a study of its graceful structure.

Viewing a series of Opacity photos can feel like taking a walk through Sleeping Beauty's Castle years before the rescuer fights through the thorns, bearing hope and a kiss. The building and its ghosts sleep, waiting for someone to arrive so that it can live again.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Procrastination pleasure for the archivally minded library student: Shorpy.com

Hundreds of photographs on Shorpy.com, a vintage photography blog, depict vanished American scenes. The images are fascinating in their variety, oddness, and often, their beauty. Images on the site are typically from a restricted date range, the 1850s – 1950s. Little details of daily life appear: vanished technologies, WWI-era delivery trucks, 1920s car accidents, eccentrics and their inventions, airplanes and zeppelins, and more.

Shorpy is really about people, not things. Here they are: boy scouts, child laborers, soldiers, government employees, socialites, workers, Civil War soldiers, people at beaches and amusement parks, dancers, country people surviving the Great Depression, ‘artistic’ photos of chorus girls , the rich and the poor. Many images show early 20th century scenes of daily life in large cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City.

The beauty of Shorpy.com lies in its variety and the ability to view high-resolution versions of each image by following a link. When the photographs, especially those originating as glass plate negatives, are viewed in high resolution it is easier to see small details such as signs, product labels, graffiti, or artwork in the background or margins of each image provide context and details about the places and people. High resolution detail reveals ads for Nehi soda and 1930scowboy movies.

There are some color images from a variety of sources, including personal collections. Recently, the site has hosted a fascinating LIFE magazine series by legendary photographer Marguerite Bourke-White depicted contrasting scenes of life under segregation in South Carolina circa 1956. Teenagers dance in a ‘juke joint’, and a nuclear family prays around the dinner table in a color-coordinated kitchen.

You can search for images by photographer name. Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Lewis Hine, and Walker Evans are just a few familiar names.

As the site’s slogan declares, there is “always something interesting” for the archivally-minded library student, history fans, or anyone interested in art and design. You’ll find at least one image here to intrigue and distract you from the papers you should be writing.

If you’re fascinated by cultural documents and maintaining their accessibility, please check out the campus activities and field trips offered by the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists at UW, or SAA-UW.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Werewolves or Cannibals?

I love hanging out with middle school kids. Where else could you get involved in a discussion about whether you would rather meet werewolves or cannibals?

There I was, at Whitman Middle School, blithely going about my routine tasks for my DFW: checking books in, checking books out. You know, the sort of things that middle school librarians are expected to do. But then I started to hear raised voices, heated discussion! I walked over to find out what was going on and if intervention would be necessary. As soon as I walked over to the two students whose voices i had heard, they immediately turned on me and demanded to know if I would rather meet a werewolf or a cannibal.

I was taken aback because I had never really considered either option before, regardless of my propensity to read trashy vampire/werewolf novels. What are the pros and cons of both situations? On the one hand, a werewolf could potentially turn me into a werewolf as well. A cannibal would just eat me. I'd be dead. End of story. I'm leaning towards this option, but then it hits me: werewolves aren't real - so I should meet one of them. Good choice? You decide. However, I have to tell you that the two boys said they would want to meet both at the same time and they would just pit the two against each other and run away as quickly as possible.

Ahhh, middle school libraries. Gotta love them!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Affordable, Fun, Thought-Provoking: Underground Railroad Film Series, November 20

Greetings, iSchool folks. Need a break this Thursday evening? On a budget? You may enjoy this film screening on Thursday, November 20.

In my non-iSchool life (yes, I still have one and I know that you do, too) I curate the annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, a program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Our fall & winter Underground Railroad Film Series is a monthly event featuring cinema and conversation. Everyone is welcome.

We show many international and cross-cultural films. Past UR films have included the Uruguayan literacy/magical realism drama, Adios Momo; How Do I Look, a documentary about the African American and Latino LGBT 'drag ball' culture of Harlem, New York; Black Israel, about African American and African converts to Judaism; and When the Spirits Dance Mambo, a documentary about Santeria/Yoruba religion and Afro-Cuban musical traditions.

Join us on Thursday for two narrative films about African American and Asian American interactions:


(37 mins., special public screening of the director’s cut!)

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hidmo Eritrean Cuisine, 2000 Jackson Street (Metro bus #14)
Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00
Filmmaker Joe Doughrity will be present for a Q&A session!

Written and directed by Joe Doughrity

Akira’s Hip Hop Shop stars James Kyson Lee (”Heroes”) and Emayatzy Corinealdi (”The Young & the Restless”).

An interracial love story about a Japanese immigrant in love with hip hop who meets a young Black woman with a passion for Asian cuisine and culture.

shown with


Written and directed by Arnold Chun and Alonzo Jones . Co-produced by Yealee Song and Joseph H. Shim.

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown circa 1999. It’s the story of Elijah Gooden, a 43-year-old African-American man from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Tech University and worked in corporate America before moving his family to Los Angeles to start his own business. He and his family experience culture shock and adversity as they struggle to build their livelihood in an area dominated by Asian-American business owners.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Looking for Love in the Stacks

Not only did the Eugene Public Library win "Best Public Space (Indoor or Outdoor)" in the Eugene Weekly's Best Of competition, the library also won "Best Place to Meet Someone You’d Take Home to Mom":

Yes, we’ve heard stories from our library-workin’ friends about certain people who maybe didn’t wait to consummate their meeting until after they’d met the parental units, but hey, those are urban legends, right? No matter who’s grappling where, the gorgeously housed EPL (also the winner in the Best Public Space category) contains more knowledge in book, CD, DVD, video, audio, Braille and other formats — including those human search engines, reference librarians — than anyone could encompass. This means you’ve got plenty of opportunities to meet cute, from winking across the room during toddler story time to banging heads as you go for the microfilm of that 1982 issue of Commonweal to competing for the same episodes of Six Feet Under. And nothing could sound more wholesome to moms and dads than, 'We met at the library.'


The Eugene Pulic Library sounds like the place to be! Providing the community with information, entertainment, and significant others. I'm not sure what kind of "cute" you'll be meeting if you go, but someone check it out and let me know.

This story so inspires me, I'm going to write a limerick. Because nothing screams love like a limerick. Sonnets? Way too long and way too complicated of a rhyme scheme. I prefer limericks to express those hard to describe feelings:

There once was a boy with no date
He went to EPL to meet his fate.
He just wanted a book
Ended up getting a look-
And got stuck with his life mate!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Haunted Libraries

Happy Halloween, iSchool!

In celebration of today, please enjoy George Eberhart's "The Haunted Library Series." He's been posting entries throughout the week based on geography, and Thursday's was the one for the Western U.S.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?), there isn't anything in it about the University of Washington libraries being haunted. But oddly enough, last month while working at the Suzzallo Information Desk, I got a question about the Grand Staircase in the library being haunted. I sent the inquirer to the reference desk, but then got curious myself and decided to do a quick Google search. In the Google Book preview of Ghosts Among Us, there is a passage about a ghost in Suzzallo Library (though not in the Grand Staircase).
The ghost of a woman in a raincoat is reportedly seen at the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library. While some say that the ghost story is a hoax, others insist that the tall, slender apparition appears at closing time and is seen heading toward the stacks.

Hmm. There are a lot of stacks in Suzzallo. I'm curious about whether the people who claim to have seen her told the author of the book in what part of Suzzallo the ghost appeared.

Anyway, hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Book Challenges - "Bunny Suicides"

Thanks to 2006 MLIS-er Robert Felthousen for sending us this story:

Mom wants to ban, burn "Bunny Suicides"
A Halsey mother has filed paperwork to have a popular graphic novel banned from the Central Linn High School library.

There's just one hitch: Taffey Anderson refuses to return "The Book of Bunny Suicides" to the school district so a committee can review her complaint.

She won't budge. In fact, she reportedly plans to burn the book.

It would appear that Anderson has since relented a bit: Bunny Suicides Complainant Douses Book-Burning Talk.
Anderson told American Libraries that the book was returned October 24 to the library, which serves both junior high and high school students. After the story was picked up by wire services and prompted unfavorable editorials and blog posts, Anderson softened her stance. “I was talking completely out of anger,” she said. “I did apologize in the newspaper and should never have said that, but I don’t think it’s a book for school-age children.” She also indicated she would be satisfied if the book was kept behind the circulation desk and restricted to high school students.

I'm guessing that Anderson wouldn't be a fan of David and Goliath's Goodbye Kitty line, eh?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Funny Resume Mistakes

From Jobmob's "150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and Blunders Ever"

My favorites:
  • Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
  • “Finished eighth in my class of ten.”
  • References: “Bill, Tom, Eric. But I don’t know their phone numbers.”
  • Experience: “Any interruption in employment is due to being unemployed.”
  • Background: “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).” (Resumania)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Harry Bruce Responds to The Silverfish Alumni Survey

In the last installment of The Silverfish Newsletter, we published the results of a massive survey, focused on the job search experiences of MLIS alumni, as well as their impressions of how well their iSchool educations prepared them for their careers. We asked iSchool Dean Harry Bruce to take a look at our survey and give us his impression of the results, a request which he graciously obliged. Take it away, Harry!

Hi Everyone,

I was very pleased to read the Silverfish 2008 Alumni Survey and I'm equally delighted to prepare a short response. To all those associated with the design of this survey - thank you and congratulations. The data are very interesting. To begin with, I am pleased that a solid number (139) of iSchool alums agreed to participate in the study. The researchers do acknowledge that there are some limitations to their snowball sampling. It is likely that this form of sampling renders data that is somewhat skewed. Those who agree to participate in a survey of this sort are generally alums who are more favorably disposed towards the School. I therefore speculate that we have a slightly more positive viewing of the iSchool and how it prepares students for library jobs than might be the case for our full population of alums- but I'm not complaining :)

It is very interesting for me to see the distribution of the professional settings where alums in the sample are working. I think I might have predicted the relative proportions of graduates in academic and public libraries and other sectors so to me this distribution suggests that the sample is fairly representative. It is also very helpful to have a list of non library settings where our graduates are now working. I do note that a majority of our alums working in these settings reported that they were "somewhat" (rather than "absolutely") prepared for this working environment by their iSchool learning experiences. This suggests that the School has some work to do here. The strong response from school librarians that their iSchool experience "absolutely" prepared them for working in the school environment is recognition of the effectiveness of iSchool faculty responsible for the curriculum and advising of these students. I know that we have a very committed group of iSchool alums working in school libraries and making a difference in the State of Washington. Yes - the number of teacher librarians in the sample is small. We should continue to work with this group to ensure that the School is meeting the needs of the student and professional communities.

I am pleased to see that the importance of directed fieldwork is validated by the strong response from the sample that there is much to learn outside the classroom through hands-on work, internships and volunteer experiences. It is also very helpful to see that our alums identify management, cataloging and technology as particularly important skills and the researchers recommendation that students get as much practical experience with people skills, computer skills and taxonomy skills while studying in the program makes good sense indeed.

I have always stated strongly and confidently that graduates of the iSchool are greatly valuable employees. I want our students across all our programs to recognize this value because I know that our graduates become leaders who will be looking to employ talented people. Looking to their School for the best and brightest and most prepared library and information specialists should be the obvious choice. The data from the Siverfish study tells us that an MLIS degree from the iSchool is a pretty good ticket to a job, since almost half the alums in the sample reporting that they were employed by the time they graduated.

Again - I am grateful to the researchers and impressed by the quality of this survey. The data are helpful to the administration of the School and I will make sure that our students services and academic units are aware of this report.

Best wishes

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Facebook in real life

Here's a silly video I saw from a British comedy troupe that plays out Facebook interactions in real life.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Reviving the Ridiculous LCSH

This week's winners:
Bawdy poetry, Greek (Modern)   [May Subd Geog]
Ice pops in art [Not Subd Geog]
Singing cowboy television programs [Not Subd Geog] [sp2007025623]
Here are entered television programs that feature a non-violent, singing cowboy hero.
Towel folding [May Subd Geog]
Violins as an investment [May Subd Geog]

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bloglines - Nerd Tattoo

Bloglines user michellemw (mmwong@u.washington.edu) has sent this item to you, with the following personal message:

Cheers to my classmates in LIS 549!

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Nerd Tattoo

By Algonkin on Tattoo


Yet another nerd tattoo. This one in the form of HyperText Markup Language (HTML)


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Better Late Than Never...

This story, from Reuters, tells the story about a Finnish library book that was checked out in 1902, and quietly returned earlier this week. It's full of fun facts, such as the tidbit, in 2006, Finns visited the library an average of 11 times and checked out an average of 20 books each!

Yes, I'd like to renew this please...

Friday, March 7, 2008

Bloglines - HereĆ¢€™s proof we need to formulate a critical need for libraries in the Internet Era

Bloglines user mmwong@u.washington.edu has sent this item to you, with the following personal message:


The Monkey Speaks
The monkey (Walter Minkel) speaks his mind on libraries & young people

Here's proof we need to formulate a critical need for libraries in the Internet Era

By the Monkey on Future of libraries

Children and LibrariesWhoa. No sooner had I posted the story below on the Marathon County Public Library and our urgent need to explain better to the general public why librarians need graduate degrees in the era of the Internet, than my wife forwarded me this article from the Gainesville (FL) Sun, an opinion piece called "Pull the plug on the library." It's by a library-hating fellow named George Elmore.

Elmore says that libraries have outlived their usefulness in the Internet Era; he wants to shut them down, whether they have professional librarians in them or not. Here's a brief quote:

Historically the public library has been a valued research institution, and has served that purpose admirably. But no more. With the advent of the Internet and Google, virtually no serious research is carried on in the library stacks.

He calls his local Alachua County Library District "Alachua County's version of Terri Schiavo, and life support is costing us nearly $20 million each year."

I've heard lots of folks, particularly those who aren't library users, say similar things about libraries, and I'm concerned that their numbers are growing. We had better get busy formulating better explanations of what we do post-Google, and why we do it.


Monday, March 3, 2008

From The Stranger: The Pleasure and Peril of Chasing Book Thieves

I saw this story in The Stranger this week and thought that it was amusing enough to share with the teeming hordes who read this blog. It is about the writer's experiences working at a book store and all the books he's seen stolen over the years. It seemed like it held some good lessons for all of us planning on going into libraries, and brings up one area of training that we are not receiving in the iSchool: the 100 meter dash.

Flying Off the Shelves: The Pleasures and Perils of Chasing Book Thieves

Friday, February 29, 2008

iYouth Happenings!

What’s the most exciting new thing happening in the iSchool right now? That’s right. It’s iYouth! While iYouth may be the new kid on the block, so to speak, we have lots of excitement and great ideas to help keep us in the forefront of what’s going on.
Our focus is to be a voice for those interested in children and youth services, children and YA literature, children and teen issues, children and teen… Well, you get the picture. Anyone is welcome to join us, even if it is only for the pleasure of our glorious company and scintillating conversation.
Here are some of the upcoming events where you might see us:
· March 3: Open meeting, social networking and discussion. 6:30-8:00 PM. MGH 420, then field trip to Shultzy’s!
· March 10: Book Club where we will discuss “SLAM!” by Nick Hornby and "Let's play in the Forest (While the Wolf is Not Around)" by Claudia Rueda. 9:30-10:30 AM. MGH 310D.
· April 14: Book Club – books to be determined. This meeting will also include time for discussion regarding formal organization of the group. 9:00-10:30 AM. MGH 310D
· April 21: Scrabble Tournament for Literacy. All proceeds will go to “Page Ahead,” a non-profit that gives books to kids. 5:00-8:00 PM. College Inn.

If you actually read about those fabulous events we have planned, you will have noticed that one of the things happening within the group is a plan for formal organization of iYouth, including a website and officers! I know, the excitement is almost palpable. If you would like to join in the fun, please feel free to contact us or just show up at one of our meetings.

Anne Dame

Thursday, February 28, 2008

"F#@$ class/Get your education on The Ave!"

I recently picked up the self-titled debut by Seattle hip-hop outfit the Blue Scholars. Now, I don't know about you, but I always like finding new hip-hop, and new local hip-hop even more. It means that local live shows will likely be cheap and plentiful.

According to their website, "Emcee Geologic and DJ/producer Sabzi [the duo behind Blue Scholars] bring an innovative yet familiar sound distinguishable from what's currently blasted on MTV or BET." That's a fair enough assessment I suppose. Their music is reminiscent of other great West Coast hip-hop, such as Hieroglyphics and Blackalicious: upbeat, funk-fueled beats and dense, loquacious lyrics. It's excellent stuff to listen to on those days when the sun comes out. You can find albums by all of these artists @ Your Library!

The motivation for this post though is one particular Blue Scholars track called "The Ave." They being from Seattle and all it is, indeed, about life on University Avenue: dodging gutter punks, getting in fights with frat boys, talking philosophy in coffee shops, making fun of over-privileged undergrads, and stealing records from Second Time Around. It's fun stuff. Here's a video of the band performing live at Bumpershoot (opening for Kanye, no less!)

And if you wanna catch all the lyrics, check this page here (you'll have to scroll down a bit, but it's there).

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Odd Book Titles

Vote for the oddest book title of the year at TheBookseller.com.

Candidates include I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen and Solving Cheese Problems.

Photo courtesy of *nomad* (Flickr)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bloglines - Scientist Valentines

Happy v-day to all you iSchoolers 'n' friends! How are you celebrating (or not celebrating)? I'll be...on a bookmobile for my Directed Fieldwork...ahh, how romantic.

Here are some scientist valentines to send to all your loved and liked ones. And if you're feeling especially kind, to your archnemesis too.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mildly attractive men

Hilarious! The Mildly attractive men of SLIS at the University of South Carolina 2008 calendar...is it on YOUR wish list? It sure isn't on mine, but made me smile as a cute fundraising idea.

How about a "Passably attractive men of LIS calendar" for the iSchool?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bloglines - Shelf Check #183

Bloglines user mmwong@u.washington.edu has sent this item to you, with the following personal message:

This made me chuckle...brace yourself for these questions!

Shelf Check

Shelf Check #183

By Emily Lloyd

Friday, January 18, 2008

Bloglines - Batman Crossing

Bloglines user mmwong@u.washington.edu has sent this item to you, with the following personal message:

i'm dedicating this post to jack, silverfish co-editor/publicity guy, prolific reviewer, and lover of comics.

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Batman Crossing

By Alex on Pictures

From Flickr user ben_templesmith, here's Dadadada dadadada … the Batman Crossing! via Loris Z


Bloglines - When Geeks Go to a War Protest

Bloglines user mmwong@u.washington.edu has sent this item to you, with the following personal message:

my blogging goal for the new year is to write original content instead of annotating someone else's posts...but here's another forward--i thought it was a nice markup language joke.

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When Geeks Go to a War Protest

By Alex on Weapons & War

Thanks Bailey!

Previously on Neatorama: Stop War Shadow Graffiti


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tidbits from this week's American Libraries Direct newsletter

Bookmark exhibition

IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) study in conjunction with the University of Washington to examine the benefits of free access computers in public libraries

15 publishing trends to watch (from Publishers' Weekly)--I was most interested by #6: using XML will no longer be considered optional

From the Common Craft Show, a video called "Online Photo Sharing in Plain English"--helpful for explaining to people new to sites like Flickr

Top Tech Trends, as reported by Lauren Pressley who attended the session at American Library Association's midwinter conference in Philly

Saturday, January 12, 2008

What's so special about manga?

Want to know the difference between manga, comics and graphic novels? Here's an interview with Robin Brenner (author of the No Flying, No Tights website) on the Bookslut blog.

Ideal footwear for the iSchool student?

Tired of blending in with your Danskos? Try these iShoes.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Bloglines - Bibliophile Tattoo

Bloglines user mmwong@u.washington.edu has sent this item to you, with the following personal message:

This is commitment. What library or info sci related tattoo would you get? I guess there's always a Dewey Decimal number, but that's kinda cliche. Hey, if anyone is reading this, I'll sponsor a mini contest--if you comment to this post with your tattoo idea and it's my favorite (or the only), AND your name is not Jamie/Jack/Nancy or Chuck, I'll buy you a cup of coffee or tea.

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Bibliophile Tattoo

By Alex on Tattoo, Etc.

And who says that a book lover can't be badass? Here's a bibliophile dictionary definition tattoo, from Flickr user bibliogrrl: Link