Popmatic Podcast for April 27, 2016: Death and Taxes, Part 2

By , April 27, 2016


Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas PynchonLast week, taxes. This week, death! (We recorded this before Prince died. Don’t worry, that episode’s coming.) We only live twice: once for real and once in our dreams. So on this show, our bucket lists. Only librarians’ bucket lists would include this many books. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

HUMBLE BUCKET LIST

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Understanding Thomas Pynchon by Robert D. Newman

Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow by Zak Smith

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

The Zhivago Affair: the Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn

Breaking the Code: A True Story by a Hells Angel President and the Cop Who Pursued Him by Pat Matter & Chris Omodt

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Angel Guts: Red Classroom by Xiu Xiu

Wonderful and Strange: Xiu Xiu interprets Angelo Badalament’s classic score for Twin Peaks” by Benjamin Shapiro

TICKLING OUR FANCY

Give Us a Kiss by Daniel Woodrell

Murder He Says

Concussion

“Elizabeth” by Ghost from Opus Eponymous

Ghost will be at Marathon Music Works May 3rd

When Dungeons & Dragons Set Off a ‘Moral Panic’” by Clyde Haberman

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Anniversary of Nashville Metropolitan Government

By , April 25, 2016

Metro Government SealApril 1st marked the 53rd anniversary of what we know as our Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. That doesn’t mean when Nashville was founded; we are hundreds of years away from that. What that means is, and what many people may not realize, our government was consolidated from 2 separately-operating governments to become one - city and county working together.

The 53rd anniversary is an odd one to celebrate, I acknowledge, but still worth celebrating considering when Nashville voters approved the charter for the new consolidated government in 1962, it made the city a pioneer in Metropolitan organization. They voted to create the first fully-unified government in the United States. Yes, there had been other cities to attempt the consolidation or achieved partial consolidation but, after this milestone in Nashville history – their new charter became a model for future consolidated governments.

Pretty cool, huh? Well I think it is, and it further exemplifies why I think Nashville is the greatest city in the United States. Hands down! Because we have many amazing citizens that understand that the best way to serve all is by cooperation.

A few other interesting facts about the consolidation -

  • You know that parkway that almost surrounds the entire city with one name? Turns into White Bridge Rd on the west side of town? If not, I’m referring to Briley Pkwy. This parkway was named in honor of the first Mayor of the consolidated government – Beverly Briley. Briley was the County Judge prior to consolidation and was an advocate for the new government. He was in office from 1963 to 1975.
First mayor of the new consolidated government - Beverly Briley

First Mayor of the Metropolitan Government- Beverly Briley

  • The approved charter of 1962 was not the first attempt that Nashville made at consolidation. 4 years previously in 1958, the charter was rejected despite being supported by the current Mayor, Ben West, both newspapers in town (Tennessean and The Nashville Banner), and County Judge, Beverly Briley. The issues plaguing both governments still existed however - a growing population for the rural areas of the county, leaving many without services. And for the city – they were losing their population and therefore, their tax dollars. Annexation of land plus implementing a wheel tax for cars traveling into the city were the next solutions. Many citizens of both areas did not like these solutions however, and this is how another charter was proposed 4 years later.
Mayor West and County Judge Beverly Briley

Mayor West (left) and County Judge Beverly Briley

  • The second charter was championed by Briley with the Tennessean. Mayor Ben West and the Nashville Banner were in opposition of the 2nd consolidation, partly because they wanted to give annexation a chance to succeed. Several citizens that opposed the new government actually likened it to communism. See photo below of this opposition.

Voters against Metro government        Voters against Metro Gov

  • Though several changes were made under this new government, a few communities were allowed to keep their charters. They were allowed to keep their existing police forces and zoning regulations but are still a part of the new Metropolitan government. You might recognize them actually, I can think of one that frequently sets up speed traps. They are: Berry Hill, Belle Meade, Oak Hill, Forest Hills, Goodlettsville, and Lakewood.

Metro Consolidation               Metro Consolidation

If you’d like to learn more about Metro’s successful consolidation, come visit us on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library, just up from the Public Technology department. We currently have an exhibit of documents and artifacts highlighting the entire consolidation process. You can also learn more about the history of Metro on Metro’s website.

 

 

Prince (1958-2016)

By , April 21, 2016

Musician Prince
Prince, the Artist formerly known as Prince, aka Prince Rogers Nelson has died at age 57.

The Minneapolis native sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He started writing songs at age 7 and is best known for hits “Raspberry Beret,” “1999,” and “Little Red Corvette.”

Prince won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award for the best Original Song Score for Purple Rain. Rolling Stone magazine named Prince number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

The 1984 film, Purple Rain, is regarded as one of the great rock musical drama films of all time. The soundtrack was the first Prince album to chart at number one and featured “When Doves Cry”…..which we can expect to be hearing again and again and again in days to come.

Prince remade genres and mixed influences from funk, rock, and R&B. His unique onstage performances showcased his supreme musical talent and mastery of vocals, guitar, keyboards, and drums that mesmerized fans for over three decades. His 2007 Super Bowl performance introduced a new generation of fans to his genius.

Prince performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows. Prince made what is believed to have been his final public appearance on Saturday at a dance party in Minnesota.

- Laurie

Popmatic Podcast for April 20, 2016: Death and Taxes, Part 1

By , April 20, 2016


Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become WolvesIt’s two days after tax day and we know some of you still owe the government money. On this episode, things that are taxing besides these filler intros. We all talk about books, except Mike. Oh reading, so hard! Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

TAXATION, CULTURE STYLE

It by Stephen King

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

I, Claudius miniseries

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves by Carolyn Chute

TICKLING OUR FANCY

cling wrap for carpet

Outlander TV show

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

70s Sci-Fi Art

Atomic! Nashville

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers CD | DVD

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Book Review: Mary Oliver and Poetry Month!

By , April 19, 2016

Felicity
by Mary Oliver

Happy Poetry Month!

Wait. What? You didn’t know that April was poetry month? That’s ok. I didn’t either until I started working here. Poetry month is pretty busy at the library. We usually do a special poetry version of the Popmatic Podcast where everyone speaks in iambic pentameter.* Not being the biggest fan of poetry myself, it was never that big of a deal for me, but over the years, I’ve grown into a fan of certain wordsmiths.

My favorite definitely has to be Mary Oliver. I don’t remember how I found her exactly – I think it was in a workshop or something at church. But I have been in love with her vision and her words since then. Oliver has been pretty prolific over the course of her career, and 1984 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her work entitled, American Primitive. In 2015 she released Felicity – her latest collection of pieces.

Oliver’s work draws heavily on nature and nature-based themes, but what I think I like the most about her poetry is her honesty. Sometimes she’s able to get at the deep heart of a matter in as few words as possible. She also has a subtle sense of humor that can grab you unexpectedly.

Here is an example from her poem “Roses”:

Everyone now and again wonders about
Those questions that have no ready
answers: first cause, God’s existence,
what happens when the curtain goes
down and nothing stops it, not kissing,
not going to the mall, not the Super
Bowl.

“Wild roses,” I said to them one morning.
“Do you have the answers? And if you do,
would you tell them to me?”

The roses laughed softly. “Forgive us,”
they said. “But as you can see, we are
just now entirely busy being roses.”

I love it – there’s a good lesson for us all in that one. If poetry has never been “your thing” then I suggest starting with Mary Oliver. She’ll make the transformation to poetry lover almost painless.

Happy poetry-ing…
:) Amanda

*We have yet to actually master the iambic pentameter podcast. Sigh. But it’s on our To Do Lists – and at least we all know what iambic pentameter actually means, which I think is half the battle, right?

Popmatic Podcast for April 13, 2016: National Library Week

By , April 13, 2016


The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh HanagarneWe’re right in the middle of National Library Week, or as we like to call it—victory lap. National Library Week is a time to celebrate libraries and all the good things they do. We try not to ruin it. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

LIBRARIES

the works of Gene Luen Yang, National Library Week’s Honorary Chair

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Joshua Hanagarne

World’s Strongest Librarian blog

Ferguson Municipal Library in Ferguson, MO

Ferguson Municipal Library wins Library Journal Library of the Year

NAZA (Nashville After Zone Alliance)

Studio NPL

Seed Exchange

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Open Library

Community of Many Faces

TICKLING OUR FANCY

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Burger Republic

Black Coat’s Daughter

Catan Con

Safe

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DVD Review: Straight Outta Compton

By , April 12, 2016

Straight Outta Compton

At the end of 2015, the Popmatic Podcast did our best of the year movie picks. My third favorite movie of the year was Straight Outta Compton. The problem with that pick was not all the racial issues and requisite language, but the fact that I HAD NOT ACTUALLY SEEN IT! Sigh. I’d seen the previews and it was one of a few that I actually wanted to watch. Plus my friend saw it and loved it. DOUBLE PLUS I used to work in the music business so I was curious from that point of view as well. So I picked it and the boys razzed me about it, but I stuck to my guns. (You can listen to the episode to hear our discussion of events.)

And I’m so glad I did because the movie was awesome!

Yes I finally saw it and it was everything I thought it would be. I was never a big NWA fan growing up. That’s shocking, I know, coming from a white girl who was raised in the rural, cookie-cutter Midwest. Their music was just something I had no idea how to relate to. But I remember when “beep tha Police” was causing such a big stink in the media – especially after the incident in Detroit (which is in the movie). At the time, I probably agreed with my parents who thought they were hoodlums.

But now that I’ve got a few years under my belt (just a handful, here and there, let’s not get crazy), I have a better idea of the reality of their situation. Their music really was just an expression of their reality. That’s what music is supposed to do so violent life = violent music. And if you listen to the production of the original release, it really is amazing what they achieved with the resources they had to make it.

I thought the casting of the movie was good. All the characters look like their intended representation. Especially with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre – who have both gone on to have monster careers – Dre as a producer and headphone maker and Ice Cube as a musician and actor (he also gets a writing credit – as O’Shea Jackson – for the movie Southpaw which I also just mentioned on our Valentine’s Day podcast). My favorite cast member was Aldis Hodge as MC Ren because I loved him on Leverage. Also, fun fact – Hodge would have only been 1.5 years old when the original album was released.

If you have issues with language or violence, then maybe this movie is not for you. But it is definitely a reflection of the reality of Compton, CA in the 1980’s and 90’s. The world gave them violence and they gave us art. Even if you disagree, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t a great story.

And I’m Straight Outta Nashville…sorry, I had to say that…yo…

:) Amanda

National Library Week: Libraries Transform – the Past

By , April 11, 2016

This week is National Library Week, and the American Library Association has selected “Libraries Transform” as its theme. While the Nashville Public Library has received widespread recognition in recent years, we have a long history of innovation and outreach to our community.

 

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Books in Schools

As early as 1910 the Nashville Public Library was actively involved in getting books into the hands of children in schools. Mayor Hilary Howse praised the efforts of chief librarian Mary Hannah Johnson, and declared the library to be a “university of the people” for the educational opportunities it provided to all citizens, rich and poor, young and old.

 

Teenagers at the library in 1960s

 

Young Modern’s Den

Though it is a far cry from today’s technologically sophisticated Studio NPL and Teen Centers, the Young Modern’s Den of the early 1960s offered both educational resources as well as entertainment. Here, one couple learns to dance, while others take a look at the latest newspapers, enjoy a Coke, or look for sources for a school project.

 

Bookmobile in rural area

 

Bookmobile

The bookmobile operated as a mini branch library on wheels, serving residents of Davidson County from the early 1940s until 2008. Though it’s hard to believe today, much of the county remained rural for most of the 20th century, and the bookmobile offered important services to those in outlying areas.

 

Stewardess at Airport Reading Room

 

Airport Reading Room

The first of its kind in the nation, the Airport Reading Room opened in 1962, though it lasted less than a decade. It provided a space for travelers and airline crews to unwind in between flights, like the stewardess shown here.

 

Books for checkout at a grocery store

 

Booketeria

Yet another innovation was the development of the “booketeria” concept – a small collection of books available for self-service checkout at local grocery stores. This 1953 scene is inside Logan’s Super Market in Belle Meade. Library Director Robert Alvarez guides a patron on how to check out a book.

 

Puppeteer Tom Tichenor

 

Tom Tichenor

Tom Tichenor is the father of the Nashville Public Library’s tradition of puppetry. In 1938, while a student at Hume-Fogg High School, Tichenor performed “Puss in Boots” for the Children’s Department of the Nashville Public Library. In addition to his long association with the library, lasting 50 years, Tichenor wrote plays and books, performed on television, and was part of the Broadway production of Carnival in New York City.

The tradition of puppetry at the Library lives on through the work of Wishing Chair Productions.

Today’s Library

Today the Nashville Public Library has 21 locations and offers access to more than 2 million items, including e-books and downloadable music and movies. The Library continues to lead in innovative services and programs, garnering national recognition for its Civil Rights RoomLimitless Libraries partnerships with schools, Bringing Books to Life preschool literacy program, and other programs and services. In 2010, NPL received the National Medal for Museum and Library Science – the highest honor given to libraries in the nation.

Participate, Visit, and Learn!

Sign up for a library card.

Find a branch near you.

Check out our events calendar.

Explore a timeline of Nashville Public Library’s history.

Sources:

Nashville Banner, Feb. 26, 1910.

Nashville Room Historic Photographs Collection, images P-2195; P-2205; P-1184; P-2252; P-2738; held by the Special Collections Division.

Honoring Merle Haggard

By , April 7, 2016

Merle Haggard album coverHis mama’s name was Flossie.

He hopped his first train at age 10.

His second wife served as a bridesmaid at his third wedding.

No wonder Merle Haggard wrote some of country music’s greatest songs.

“Workin’ Man Blues” and “Mama Tried” and “Okie From Muskogee” the list goes on….

Hundreds of recordings by this Country Music Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honor recipient are available in the Nashville Public Library collection.

See the library’s collection of works by Merle Haggard.

Download an album from Hoopla (free with your library card)

Listen on Freegal (free with your library card)

- Laurie

Popmatic Podcast for April 6, 2016: Poetry Bomb

By , April 6, 2016


Diary by John CageHistorically, our poetry episodes have been zany and this week’s show is no exception. I’ll leave it at that. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

POEMS AND SUCH

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Poetry Writing Workshop at Main Library

poetry from Third Man Books

Diary: How to Improve the World (You’ll Only Make It Worse) by John Cage

The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane

New Times by Violent Femmes

Permanent Record by Violent Femmes

Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals

The Essential Britney Spears

Low by David Bowie

TICKLING OUR FANCY

Star Wars: Headspace CD | Hoopla

Music Inspired by Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco

Tournament of Books

The Tzar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston by Ricardo Cavolo & Scott Mcclanahan

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