Or thereabouts. Yesterday marked what would have been Theodor aka “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s 100th birthday. Unlike the recent 100th anniversary of the First World War, the centenary of Dr. Seuss is a bit more fun to contemplate. To explore the world of Seuss, see below:
Your favorite Seuss : 13 stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss with 13 introductory essays / compiled by Janet Schulman and Cathy Goldsmith. – PZ8.3.G5738 You 2004 OVERSIZE
Dr. Seuss goes to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel / Richard H. Minear – D745.2 .G45 2001
The secret art of Dr. Seuss / [author, Theodor Geisel] ; introduction by Maurice Sendak ND237.G325 A4 1995
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : a biography / Judith & Neil Morgan. – PS3513.E2 Z785 1995
How the Grinch stole Christmas – V-AN S487 How DVD
The Humanities and Sciences Department Writing Program is looking for writers of all types to contribute short works in their 2nd annual writing contest. See link or below for details.
Sid Caesar has passed away at the age of 91. We have gone through so many media generations of TV at this point that it comes as a small shock that one of the founding comedians of the medium was still with us. Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” was one of the biggest hits in the dawn of the TV era, setting the format for so many shows to come. He also gave a start to countless writers and comedians who went on to lead the field.
From the NY Times obit: >>A list of Mr. Caesar’s writers over the years reads like a comedy all-star team. Woody Allen and Mel Brooks did some of their earliest writing for him. So did the most successful playwright in the history of the American stage, Neil Simon. Carl Reiner created one landmark sitcom, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”; Larry Gelbart was the principal creative force behind another, “M*A*S*H.” Mel Tolkin wrote numerous scripts for “All in the Family.” The authors of the two longest-running Broadway musicals of the 1960s, Joseph Stein (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and Michael Stewart (“Hello, Dolly!”), were Caesar alumni as well.<<
To see Sid Caesar in action:
The Best of Sid Caesar – V-TV C347 Sid DVD
Pioneers of primetime / produced and directed by Steve Boettcher – V-D B695 Pio DVD
History of the world, part 1 / directed, written and produced by Mel Brooks – V-F B765 His DVD
Silent movie / Written and directed by Mel Brooks – V-F B765 Sil DVD
Tara Books, a publishing house in southern India, publishes children’s books illustrated Indian artists with a unique style, such as Tejubehan’s “Drawing From the City”. Her work and many of their other publications highlight a textured, graphic style that creates a magical effect. In a time of technological dominance, there’s something compelling about the look and feel of their silk-screened and handbound volumes the complements the beautiful art.
To check out some of their works in the SVA Library:
Drawing from the city / based on the oral stories of Tejubehan ; original Tamil text, Saalai Selvam ; English text, V. Geetha & Gita Wolf – PZ7.T258 Dra 2012 OVERSIZE
The Night life of trees / art – Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, Ram Singh Urveti ; text adapted & edited from the original Hindi narratives by Gita Wolf and Sirish Rao – N7305.5.G66 N54 2006 OVERSIZE
I like cats / Anushka Ravishankar. – SF446 .R38 2009x
Signature : patterns in Gond art / edited by Gita Wolf, Bhajju Shyam & Jonathan Yamakami.- N7305.5.G66 S54 2010
For underground/indie comics and the widening field of graphic novels, the past few years have seen a flood of great titles from fantastic publishers, both old (Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly) and newer (Secret Acres, Uncivilized Books), but one of the standouts for their spare, beautiful graphics has been NOBROW from England. We acquired some new titles recently and wanted to highlight these new members of the collection.
Biografiktion / by Édition Biografiktion – PN6756.B56 E458 2012
Dockwood : 2 Autumn stories / Jon McNaught – PN6737.M36 D63 2012
Megaskull / Kyle Platts. – PN6737.P53 M44 2012
No man’s land / a story written and illustrated by Blexbolex. – PN6747.B57 H6713 2012
Map of days / Robert Hunter. – PN6737.H86 M37 2013
In pieces / Marion Fayolle. – PN6747.F396 I6 2013
Hilda and the bird parade / Luke Pearson. – PN6737.P43 H55 2013
The SVA Library will be closed over the Winter break. Below are the hours of the library through Jan. 13th, 2014.
Wednesday, Dec. 18th: 8:30am – 6pm
Dec. 19th – Jan. 1st – CLOSED
Jan. 2-3 (Thurs-Fri): 9am – 6pm
Jan. 4-5 (Sat-Sun) – CLOSED
Jan. 6-10 (Mon-Fri): 9am – 6pm
Jan. 11-12 (Sat-Sun) – CLOSED
We reopen to regular hours with the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester on Monday, Jan. 13th.
The Oxford Dictionary team has designated “selfie” as the Word of the Year, and it is not hard to see why. With the ubiquity of camera-loaded smart phones and social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, everyone is a photographer these days. And snapping shots and sharing them with friends, family, and the rest of the world, has never been easier. With actual film you had to develop the film and then expose the actual photographs, or pay a lab to do it for you, where now no sooner is the image snapped then it can be sent or uploaded for millions to see. All that ease translates into more photos being taken and evolving modes of photography. Case in point, the selfie, which of course has a long history in representational art with self portraits, in drawings, paintings, and, of course, photographs. Oxford University Press has a brief overview of the history of self-portraits in photography here.
Below are a few titles to explore in the history of self portraiture:
Auto focus : the self-portrait in contemporary photography / Susan Bright – TR681.P56 B75 2010
Artists’ self-portraits / Omar Calabrese – N7618 .C35 2006
Concepts of identity : historical and contemporary images and portraits of self and family / Katherine Hoffman. – NX165.H58 1996a
Mirror images : women, surrealism, and self-representation / edited by Whitney Chadwick – N8354 .M57 1998
American photobooth / Näkki Goranin – TR680 .G68 2008
Reflections/refractions : self-portraiture in the twentieth century / edited by Wendy Wick Reaves – N7619 .R44 2009
Want to learn a new foreign language, or go from Basic to Advanced in a language you have already studied? Maybe you need to polish your skills in English, if it is not your first language? Take a look at a new resource available through the SVA Library: Mango Languages.
Mango Languages offers interactive courses in over 60 languages (click for a current list), and 17 courses on learning English for speakers of another language (ex. for speakers of Korean, Spanish, Hebrew, etc.). The courses, available on your computer and iOS/Android devices, keep track of your progress and guide you from Beginner to Advanced along that way. For more details on how Mango works, click here.
Follow the steps below to get started. Let us know if you have questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Access Mango Languages via the SVA Library’s Database page – sva.edu/library > Find Articles & Images. If you are off-campus you will use your MySVA username/password to login
2. Create a profile with Mango Languages by submitting your email address and a password of your choosing.
3. You will then receive an activation link in your email. Click it to get started.
4. Choose a course and begin.
To download the Mango Languages for Libraries app:
iPhone, iPod and iPad
Attention Comics fans: Don’t miss “Comic Arts Brooklyn” this weekend. Check their Tumblr page for sneak peaks of work by participants. Explore work by new and established comic artists. Check out their panels with experts in the field. Here’s a full schedule of events.
Some of the cartoonists’ work featured in the CAB programs:
The Hive / Charles Burns. – PN6727.B87 H58 2012
City of glass / Paul Auster ; adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli – PN6727.M39 C58 2004
The Amazing, enlightening and absolutely true adventures of Katherine Whaley / by Kim Deitch – PN6727.D383 A46 2013
New school / Dash Shaw – PN6727.S412 N49 2013
RASL / by Jeff Smith. – PN6727.S546 O86 2013