Monthly Archives: June 2010

What do Lolita, Emily Post, & Wuthering Heights have in common?

They’re all on Rentschler Library’s “Bucket List” of things to read before the end of summer! Whether you’re looking for something titillating to read poolside, hoping to become more “civilized” by reading some classic literature, or wanting add stimulation to conversations with a controversial read–we’ve got a WIDE variety of books in our buckets for you to check out. Literally.

What’s on YOUR list??

Happy Birthday M.C. Escher

Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis “M.C. ” Escher was born today June 17, 1898.  The image at left is titled “Drawing Hands” and is representative of Escher’s famous eye-ending, mathematically inspired drawings.   “Drawing Hands” was created in 1948, and is also viewable on the official M.C. Escher website.  This site also has images of Escher’s work. If you’d rather get something to take home with you, stop by the library and pick up some our items by/about M.C. Escher:

The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher, Introduced and explained by the artist; translated from the Dutch by John Brigham.

The World of M.C. Escher, (written by Escher himself), edited by J.L. Locher

M.C.  Escher, his life and complete graphic work, with a fully illustrated catalogue – with essays by Bruno Ernst, M.C. Escher; edited by J.L. Locher; translated from the Dutch by Tony Langham and Plym Peters.

Metamorphose: M.C. Escher 1898-1972 (Video, 60 min.)

Top 10 most difficult books

Add a little ‘degree of difficulty’ to your summer reading plans.  A recent blog post lists the Top 10 most difficult books to read.  Of course ‘difficult’ is in the eye of the beholder.   Here’s the list, click on the title to see Rentschler Library’s holdings:

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot

Naked Lunch – William Burroughs

The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce

If you’re interested in seeing other lists, there’s the Modern Library 100 Best Novels – a version by readers and a version by the experts.   The British publication The Guardian also has a top 100 list.

“Made in China” May Start Coming with a Higher Price Tag…

While the “human cost” of goods made in China have been criticized for quite some time (incredibly long work days, insufficient pay, isolation…), many consumers have been willing to look the other way in order to purchase items like sneakers, toys, and household goods at a low cost. Consumers who were not willing to look the other way–those who vowed not to buy anything made in China–had to be pretty darn dedicated since that little sticker seemed to affix itself to the majority of available retail goods.

According to a recent New York Times article, Chinese workers can expect to start seeing a little bit more in their wages…from a minimum wage of $125./month to a minimum of $140/month in Beijing. And workers for other industries, like one southern China Honda plant, can expect to see even larger salary increases of 24-32 percent (you can read the full article here ).

While it’s too soon to speculate how the increased cost of wages will impact consumers, it seems only logical that the world will start to see price tags go up. Hopefully, this will also mean that the human cost of manufacturing all of those disposable goods will start to go down. To learn more about the global impact of Chinese business, check out some of the Rentschler Library books listed below.

Library Books

Image taken from flickr .

What’s the deal with Israel & Palestine?

Israel captured a world audience this weekend when they raided a flotilla that was headed toward the blockaded Gaza region, but the tensions between Israelis & Palestinians (& the supporters of both sides) go way, way back. The book Israelis and Palestinians : Why do they Fight? Can they Stop? (Wasserstein 2008) provides some background to the situation & is available for checkout from Rentschler Library.

 

Select Books on the Palestine-Israel Conflict

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