Jammin’ pretty hard to this and writing y’all an events newsletter for tomorrow morning.
I am skeptical about Beyonce and Andre 3000’s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” because the original is such sonic perfection, but listen I will.
Here is longtime music critic Ann Powers (don’t miss the amazing anthology she co-edited, Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap) reviewing the Jay-Z-produced soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, coming out Friday:
[T]he songs break down into three categories: reflections on the book’s plot and characters; invocations of the musical spirit (though never the letter) of the 1920s; and Lurhmann-like fusions of vintage and contemporary elements. As instantly involving music, the plot-driven songs do best. The jazz-inspired songs, however, are more musically adventurous. And though their happy vulgarity may be off-putting to more refined palates, the fusion numbers are the most successful in approaching that central question about how music felt in 1922.
How to submit e-Originals to School Library Journal book reviewers in new NetGalley program: mbist.ro/15nq2CV— GalleyCat (@GalleyCat) May 7, 2013
Crucial nugget for you publishers and reviewers:
The books must be exclusively available as eBooks. Publishers can submit titles using this form, which will send the title information and a widget to SLJ reviewers who will be able to access the digital galley through NetGalley.Only School Library Journal authorized reviewers (a distinction designated in their NetGalley profile) will be given access to the title.
Not every library job entails direct customer service. But no matter your title, chances are you’ll be spending at least part of each week with the public. Does this mean every librarian is an extrovert? Hardly. Most of us are still introverts, me included; we’ve just developed the skills that allow us to meet and greet with the best of them. See Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking for tips.
White Plains Public Library director Brian Kenney in his essay “So You Think You Want To Be a Librarian?”
Great, snark-laced illuminations for anyone in the profession who needs a reality check or those looking to jump into it. Pair with Meredith Schwartz’s “How To Become a 21st-Century Librarian,” and one night at the bar with me, and you’re set.