Mer L.'s blog

Fantastical Histories

I love historical fiction and reading about people from and events of the past. What I enjoy even more, though, are books set in the past but with fantastical flourishes – maybe something slightly magical, perhaps with ghosts haunting the scene, or of time traveling contemporaries who end up in a distant era. Are books like this really historical fiction? Are they fantasies or science fiction? Are they something else entirely?

Talkin' Art

I feel incredibly lucky to live in Houston with its superb galleries and art museums – I could spend hours @ the Menil, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, or the Contemporary Art Museum. But whether or not I make it down to one of the museums, I can check out a number of DVDs through the Library:

Anime Club

Wednesday, September 9th @ 4:30 pm

Come share with us your favorite anime shows and characters. What have other people been watching? What will we be watching this month? Find out all this and more in the Zone! +++Vote for next month's selection at this month's meeting!

Flickr CC: L-Death Note Photo by: chanchan222

Short Stories: When You Have NO Time

Being back in school it always feels like there’s never enough time to read for fun!! Or, put another way, when we actually have free time, sometimes curling up with a fiction book is not always a priority (I mean, come on, we could be going out to the movies, watching hour after hour of pointless YouTube videos, redesigning our MySpace profiles, playing a video game, getting a Grande soy Chai latte with a shot of espresso at Starbucks…). Enter: the short story.

Admitting to "Bad" Taste

I have a love/hate relationship with “Best” and “Worst” lists. This past week, while looking at the Worst Films of the 20th Century, I felt like the list was categorically telling me I had “bad” taste. Is it really that “bad” to have at one point enjoyed Ace Ventura or Caddyshack II

Films that Make You Go "Hmmm..."

Have you ever seen a movie that, when asked about it, made you go “hmmm….”? There have been several movies that I’ve enjoyed, but when I stopped to really think what any of them were “about” I couldn’t say – was it that I just didn’t get the depth of “meaning” or was I trying too hard to make the movies fit some formula that they obviously disrupted? I was looking at the list of All Time 100 Best Films (trying to generate some ideas) and noticed that Brazil,

Back to School Reads

With the beginning of school right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about a bunch of really great books where school is a major part of the story.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Lately I've read several books that describe revolutions - whether attempts to replace established governments, like in the American or French Revolutions, or cultural revolutions, such as those that took place in China or Iran.  If you're also interested in learning about historical revolutions, you might check out:

AP Summer Reading Discussion Groups

August 10th - August 19th  Are you or someone you know going to be taking AP or Pre-AP Language Arts or Social Studies this upcoming Fall?  At Freeman, we've got you covered.  Join us for student and group-led discussions of the required summer reading to help get yourself in gear for the school year (and enjoy some snacks while you're at it)!

Monday, August 10th @ 2:00  pm - 6th Grade

Tuesday, August 11th @ 2:00 pm - 7th Grade

Wednesday, August 12th @ 2:00 pm - 8th Grade

Monday, August 17th @ 2:00 pm - 9th Grade

Tuesday, August 18th @ 2:00 pm - 10th Grade

Wednesday, August 19th @ 2:00 pm - 11th & 12th Grades

For more information or to register for any of these fabulously free programs: call or visit us @ the Library, leave us a comment, or e-mail me.

Bob Dylan @ the Movies

Bob Dylan performed at the Woodlands' Pavilion last Sunday and, while I was not able to attend, I have seen him live six times (by himself, with Paul Simon, at the Houston Rodeo after chuck wagon racing).  But for those times I've missed him when he's been in town, I can pull out a DVD and see live concert footage on a whim:

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