Friday, 27 February 2015
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese art, philosophy and a powerful alternative health practice.
RIP Leonard Nimoy.
“The miracle is this—the more we share, the more we have.” ~ Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy, who enchanted generations of audiences with his depiction of Star Trek’s human-alien philosopher and first officer Mr Spock, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.
The actor died on Friday morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bel-Air, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told the New York Times. He had been hospitalised at UCLA medical center with breathing difficulties days earlier.
Nimoy’s last tweet, sent on Monday, suggested he knew the end was near: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”
“Live long and prosper” was the Vulcan salutation which he made famous as Spock, and which he and fans carried into real life. Tributes to the actor, director, photographer, writer, poet, musician and teacher agreed he had indeed done so.
“I loved him like a brother,” William Shatner, who starred alongside him as Captain Kirk, wrote on Facebook. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
George Takei, who played Sulu, said the world had lost a great man. “And I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”
Nimoy announced last year that he was battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and attributed it to smoking, even though he gave up the habit long ago. With typical humour he tweeted last week: “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.”
He enjoyed an enduring and eclectic career in the arts and in film behind the camera but it was as the pointy-eared, relentlessly logical sidekick to William Shatner’s Captain Kirk that Nimoy will be best remembered.
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, called Spock its “conscience”, a quizzical, alien and yet also humane moral sense which pervaded the original NBC series as well as subsequent big-screen outings, most recently in the rebooted films directed by JJ Abrams.
The actor, born in Boston to Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews, embraced the figure of the lone alien on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, exploring the universe with more emotional, fully human characters.
His first autobiography, I Am Not Spock, published in 1977, said that as the Vulcan he found the best of both worlds, gaining public approval while still being able to play an other-worldly character. He published another biography, I Am Spock, in 1995.
“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Nimoy noted. It was not a complaint. “Given the choice, if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Literature from Librarians: Great Reads Written by the Experts
by Richard Davies
Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on google_plusone_shareShare on pinterest_shareShare on tumblrShare on redditShare on emailShare on print
Hemlock and After
This is a unique reading list - these books were all written by librarians and most of them were recommended to us by librarians. If any profession is well qualified to write books then librarians truly fit the bill.
Librarians are loyal customers of AbeBooks and we tend to listen when they speak. But it was interesting to see so many librarians recommend Casanova's autobiography - were they trying to tell us something? This famous Italian adventurer and lover was a librarian in the household of the German nobleman Count Waldstein.
The authors on this list range from the top dogs at the Library of Congress to folks who have worked at the national libraries of Argentina, France and Sweden, and people who have checked books in and out at public and school libraries.
We decided to exclude Chairman Mao and his Little Red Book. This one-time librarian at Peking University is perhaps the most widely read of all librarians who wrote but it was under extraordinary circumstances (although it is now rumoured that the book was ghostwritten). Our featured book (pictured at left) is Hemlock and After by Angus Wilson, illustrated by Ronald Searle, and was a bestseller in 1952. Wilson was a librarian in the British museum.
Star Man's Son
by Alice Mary (Andre) Norton
A post-apocalyptic tale from 1952 – Norton was a librarian in Cleveland and the Library of Congress.
Books in My Baggage
by Lawrence Clark Powell
Clark Powell was a librarian at UCLA and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
by Philip Larkin
Larkin was a librarian at the University of Hull. Jill is a novel about life in Oxford during WWII.
A Winter's Love
by Madeleine L'Engle
L'Engle was a volunteer librarian in New York. A scarce novel about a troubled marriage.
by Marianne Moore
This modernist poet, noted for her wit, worked in the New York Public Library in the 1920s.
Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
Patron won a Newbery Award for this children's book. She worked at the Los Angeles Public Library.
by Thomas Berger
A novel about conflict in small town 1930s America - Berger was a librarian and journalist.
The Wild Old Wicked Man and Other Poems
by Archibald MacLeish
MacLeish was Librarian of Congress from 1939 to 1944. He was also a playwright, journalist, lawyer and statesman.
The Giant's House
by Elizabeth McCracken
Written by a former public librarian, this novel (about a librarian) was a National Book Award nominee.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
Cleary worked as a children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, before writing many children's books.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
by Dee Brown
An agriculture librarian at the University of Illinois, Brown's 1971 book remains a non-fiction classic.
Ill Starred Captains: Flinders and Baudin
by Anthony J. Brown
Brown was a former librarian from the State Library of South Australia.
Doctor Brodie's Report
by Jorge Luis Borges
Borges was a director of Argentina's National Public Library - this is a collection of 11 short stories.
by August Strindberg
Strindberg worked for eight years as an assistant librarian at Sweden's National Library.
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
by Anne Tyler
This novel was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Tyler is a former librarian and bibliographer.
Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
An ex-librarian AND a bookseller, Petterson's novel was one of the NY Times' books of the year in 2007.
Story of the Eye
by Georges Bataille
Histoire de L'Oeil is a controversial novel from 1928. Bataille was an archivist at France's National Library.
by Roberto Juarroz
Juarroz was head of Bibliotechnology & Informational Science at the University of Buenos Aires
Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
This Canadian is a Master of Library Science. This book won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
The Legate's Daughter
by Wallace Breem
Breem was a legal manuscripts librarian in London – this novel is Roman kidnap adventure.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz
A novel set in medieval England in1255. Schiltz is a school librarian in Maryland.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
A true bookperson, Shaffer worked as a librarian but also in bookselling and publishing.
The Story of My Life
by Giacomo Casanova
This great lover was a librarian in Count Waldstein's household where he wrote his autobiography.
The Image or What Happened to the American Dream
by Daniel J Boorstin
Boorstin was the 12th Librarian at the Library of Congress from 1975 to 1987.
Chewing the Scenery
by Davina Elliott
Davina worked for London's Westminster Libraries and still volunteers at St James's Library.