August 20, 2017

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We’re adjusting our hours for the next few weeks while we work on something big! So. Saturday + Sunday : 11am – 7pm (*or by appointment!)

We imagine hardly anyone will probably notice the difference, since most visitors have been coming by on weekends anyway, which has been so much fun.

*If life is weird right now, and those hours don’t work for you, let us know, we can take appointments

On Gwendolyn Brooks

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“In the world of poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks is recognized as pioneer, teacher, benefactor, and hierophant and lauded for her intellectual prowess, her social consciousness, and her spiritual wealth. She knows the depth of the words of Langston Hughes, when he states, “We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.” This quote from “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” printed in 1926, points to the resiliency and tenacity of Brooks who echoes, in her own words, “Do not be afraid of no.”

-from “On Gwendolyn Brooks: Reliant Contemplation,” edited by Stephen Caldwell Wright

“Relics of Racism” exhibit

August 18, 2017

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We usually post images of books we have to offer, but today we want to highlight someone else’s books- Therbia Parker Sr.’s exhibit, “Relics of Racism” is on view at @the_slover through September. It’s an important display about historical portrayals of African-Americans in advertising, and he’s giving a talk on August 27. The Slover Library is one of the big things we’re grateful for, as Norfolk residents, and we’re so proud of them creating a space for exhibits like these. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΏ

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The Last American Man

July 3, 2017


“‘The Last American Man’ is the true story of Eustace Conway, an unforgettable American original. For more than thirty years, Conway has made his home in the Appalachian Mountains, mastering the art of self-sufficient living…In exploring Conway’s life, acclaimed novelist and memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert weaves a fascinating adventure story about a truly epic, but throughly modern, American hero. As she thoughtfully examines Conway and all he embodies, the iconography of American manhood comes alive in all its conflicting elements of inventiveness, charisma, narcissism, and intimacy.”

The Shock Doctrine

July 2, 2017


“Best understood as a ‘disaster capitalism complex,’ it has much farther-teaching tentacles than the military-industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned against at the end of his presidency: this is global war fought on every level by private companies whose involvement is paid for with public money, with the unending mandate of protecting the United States homeland in perpetuity while eliminating all ‘evil’ abroad. In only a few short years, the complex has already expanded its market reach from fighting terrorism to international peacekeeping, to municipal policing, to responding to increasingly frequent natural disasters. The ultimate goal for the corporations at the center of the complex is to bring the model of for-profit government, which advances so rapidly in extraordinary circumstances, into the ordinary and day-to-day functioning of the state-in effect, to privatize the government.”

– from “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” by Naomi Klein


July 1, 2017


“When you sit back with a good cup of coffee you are engulfed in the aroma, the taste, the acidity, and body of the brew. You take in all the dimensions of he cup-yet this is only the surface. Swirling beneath are worlds within worlds of culture, custom, ecology, and politics. All of the major issues of the twenty-first century-globalization, immigration, women’s rights, pollution, indigenous rights, and self-determination-are being played out through this cup of coffee in villages and remote areas around the world.”

-from ‘Javatrekker: Dispatches From The World Of Fair Trade Coffee,’ by Dean Cycon. @deancycon [ πŸ“Έ by @victoriahfarr , β˜•οΈ by @vesselcraftcoffee ]

The Wonder of Birds

June 30, 2017

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“Although I would not want to live in a world without birds, I could not easily say why. It is the same with music…I find in birds and nature, quite literally, what I find in music.”

– (Louis J. Halle) from ‘The Wonder of Birds,’ by The National Geographic Society.