Category Archives: Library Staff Recommendations

Staff from the University of the Arts University Libraries recommend their favorite library materials.

Library staff recommendation: The Dharma Bums

Casey Murphy believes there is something zen-like that occurs when Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums is read in the company of grass, birds, and sun. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Furoshiki: The Art of Japanese Wrapping Fabric

Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths used to transport wares or to decorate and protect gifts. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Stray Bullets

David Lapham’s “Stray Bullets” is the comic equivalent of film noir, stories told in stark black-and-white, about desperate people unable to foresee the consequences of their violent actions. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Alan Watts contends that the Western, individual ego has become too focused on individuality, thus blinding it to its own connections with people and the environment, and the necessary dualisms that shape the world. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Get-a-Way and Háry János

The color and texture are especially stunning in this quaint story about Háry János the Obsitos, a Hungarian toy soldier, and his companion, the three-legged Get-a-Way. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

A beautiful compilation of contemporary Native and North American art from the northeastern and southeastern US and Canada. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: The Color Revolution

This fascinating book looks at the behind-the-scenes story of the people and industries behind color and consumers’ interaction with it. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Seasons

Seasons by Blexbolex, a French artist and illustrator working in Berlin, is a colorful telling of the cyclical nature of the seasons. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Iron John

The poet Robert Bly explicates the fairy tale Iron John, and uses it to analyze the state of male role models and manhood in contemporary society today. Continue reading

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Library staff recommendation: Ghosts in the House!

Japanese illustrator Kazuno Kohara has used the linoleum cut printmaking process with only two colors for this sweet little book about a young witch who moves into a haunted house. Continue reading

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