Posts tagged: Amanda

Popmatic Podcast for May 4, 2016: Mother’s Day and Prince

By , May 4, 2016

Color of WaterIt’s Mother’s Day! James McBride is coming to the library to talk about his book about his amazing mother. Would I be pushing it to say this episode is matriarchal? Plus—our Prince memories. The Purple One was a bit much for one young kid in Kentucky to take.


“Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight” from Collection by Misfits

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Manchurian Candidate

A Man for All Seasons

The Color of Water by James McBride


Prince was genius.

Listed Sisters


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

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.


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


Give Us a Kiss by Daniel Woodrell

Murder He Says


“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


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

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.


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


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


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Book Review: Mary Oliver and Poetry Month!

By , April 19, 2016

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

“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.


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


Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Burger Republic

Black Coat’s Daughter

Catan Con



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

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

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.


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


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


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for March 30, 2016: Woo! College!

By , March 30, 2016

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom WolfeMarch Madness is reaching peak hysteria. The more bookish among us know basketball teams often have colleges attached to them so on this show—college! Sarah joins us. I don’t think she mentions Butler once. Part of me admires her restraint. Another part of me fears she has been traumatized by their recent loss. Somehow a fruit themed pun contest breaks out. All this and more on this week’s episode of the Popmatic Podcast.


I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

Art School Confidential DVD | Hoopla

Art School Confidential: A Screenplay by Daniel Clowes

The Dyer Observatory

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss print | ebook | audio

Donnie Darko

“The Killing Moon” from Songs to Learn and Sing by Echo & the Bunnymen CD | Hoopla

Nashville College for Young Ladies 1899 Basket Ball Team (yes, that’s two words)
Nashville College for Young Ladies Basket Ball Team 1899

For more of the Nashville College for Young Ladies check out Sarah’s awesome post or visit the Metro Archives in person


The Mercy of the Sky by Holly Bailey

Chattanooga Film Festival

Better Nature by Silver Sun Pickups

The Belt by In the Valley Below

Rom Spaceknight

R.I.P. Phife Dawg

Alien: Isolation


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for March 23, 2016: Super Buckley vs. Bat Vidal

By , March 23, 2016

DC Marvel Crossover Classics IIBatman v Superman is coming out so on this show we talk about rivalries. Jeremy and Mike do there best to explain to me how Batman and Superman could be rivals, but I’m not sure if I get it. I am greatly disappointed there was no mention of Holmes and Moriarty. Things get better later in the show when we learn even weather can be sexy. It sounds like this episode was recorded in a closet!


Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, and Kilian Plunkett

How to Catch a Russia Spy: The True Story of an American Spy Turned Double Agent by Naveed Jamali

Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider Man Volume 1 by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

DC/Marvel Crossover Classics II

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal

Velvet Underground CD | Hoopla

Lou Reed CD | Freegal | Hoopla

John Cale CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Songs for Drella by Reed & Cale


ARCO (Agency for Covert Rare Operatives) series by Sydney Croft

Starry Eyes: UK Pop Volume 2 1978-1979 featuring “Up the Junction” by Squeeze

Hawk by Steven Brust

The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

board game artist Terry Leeds

his map for Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection is awesome


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Book Reviews: ILL Weather

By , March 22, 2016

It’s still March Weather Madness so it’s still time to talk about weather! Honestly, I’ve exhausted most of the library’s supply of books about Mother Nature and the Heavens. Good thing I run Interlibrary Loan, huh?

Don’t know what Interlibrary Loan is? Well, let me enlighten you. If Nashville Public Library does not own a book (print material only – sorry no DVDs or CDs!), I can try to borrow it for you from another library. Cool, right?

So ILL opened up a whole new weather book world for me. I recently borrowed two books I’d like to tell you about:

The first one was called Category 5: the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane by Thomas Knowles. Did you know about this? I’d never heard of it until I stumbled across this book. Apparently in 1935, a Category 5 hurricane took aim at the Florida Keys and devastated Matecumbe (which is the area between Key West and Key Largo). I can’t even try to imagine predicting a storm like this in 1935. In the thirties there was no radar, no satellites, and no hurricane planes to help provide information. Forecasters knew there was a storm coming, but they weren’t exactly sure where it was and they had no idea it would be as strong as it was.

This hurricane is the strongest hurricane to ever hit the US. (It’s was stronger, even than Camille.) It had winds of 185 mph – but they may have been higher because most of the recording equipment blew away at some point during the storm. And it also has the lowest pressure recorded in a landfalling hurricane at 26.35 inches – normal sea level pressure is about 30 inches.

My only complaint with Knowles’ book was that he kept switching back and forth from past tense verbs to present tense verbs and this got annoying. But this story itself was sound. And, if I ever get a chance to travel to the Keys, now I’ll go with a little more history. I’ll also try not to visit during hurricane season. Yikes!

The second book I borrowed was called Storm Watchers: The Turbulent History of Weather Prediction from Franklin’s Kite to El Nino by John D. Cox. I was a little concerned that this one might be a bit dry since it was more about the science of weather than an actual storm, but he organized it really well and it still moved. Cox picked the twenty-eight men (no women, dang it) that he felt really helped shape weather forecasting in the US specifically, but also abroad. I’d heard of about half the guys – people like James Espy, John Finley, Isaac Cline and Ted Fujita. But it was fun to meet the new guys.

Like I mentioned, the book was divided into short(ish) segments that focused on each meteorologist, and there was a little overlap between the sections that helped the overall flow of the book. My biggest complaint is that there was quite a bit of science that I didn’t always completely understand. But I’m working on it…

So those are two good ILL picks if you need to get a weather fix beyond what NPL has provided. Also, if you find other really cool ILL weather books, or really any fun ILL books, I always love to discover good books about interesting topics. Everybody wins!

Happy March Weather Madness and Happy reading (don’t get blown away)…

:) Amanda

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