The Dean Files

Well it’s nice to see Jamey on stage doing the show he wrote!!

Well it’s nice to see Jamey on stage doing the show he wrote!!

Over the years, my experience, my tastes, my prejudices have changed: as the days go by, my memory keeps reshelving, cataloguing, discarding the volumes in my library, my words and my world - except for a few constant landmarks - are never one and the same. Heraclitus’s bon mot about time applies equally well to my reading: “You never dip into the same book twice.”

  • Manguel, Alberto. 2010. A reader on reading. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press, p. x.

Over the July 4th holiday while Jen and I were at the table eating breakfast, listening to music and enjoying our respective tea and coffee, we began plotting a project to spend holiday together. Nothing too big or involved - just something pleasant we could enjoy doing. We are “project people” - we typically have a few projects in process at any given time, and, well, we don’t like to sit too still when there are things to be done. The 4th was unusual as it was a single day in the middle of the week, which limited our choices.

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First, if you’ve made it here, that means you saw the update on the old Dean Files, and all of the DNS changes propagated. Give yourself and the internet a high five!

Obviously we’ve moved the blog to Tumblr, and with a hiccup or two, we are now here, with a far simpler redesign. Hope you like it, as we like it quite a bit.

For me, the nature of this blog has changed. We’ve had many changes over the past few months professionally, and so it was time to change the tone of this blog. I am now in a tenure-track position at the University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville. For me, I will be sharing observations, thoughts, and discoveries as they relate to my work and scholarship. Maybe somre rare book ideas, musings on the catalog, et cetera. Jen is now a full-time graduate student in teaching, and so (not speaking for her) I think the content she shares here will change as well.

I’m going to make an effort to write more here as well. (As a matter of fact, I am working on a draft now…)

Anyhow, welcome, and we are glad you are here.

What I read in 2012

Hello readers, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Jen, Winston and I had a lovely season – one about which I will share more in another post. As it’s now 2013, and the official time for best of/looking back posts, I thought I’d share what I read in 2012, as I have in the past (with varying success). As I mentioned last year, I started tracking my reading with Goodreads, to my delight in writing this post! Here’s a photo:

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We Bought Nooks!?

You all probably have an impression that I am a bit of a luddite when it comes to reading. I don’t think this would be an unfair or inaccurate assessment, but perhaps it’s not entirely true anymore. For our anniversary, Jen and I got Nooks.

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