One of Lawrence’s most endearing collector’s items will be back on the market next week when the Lawrence Public Library celebrates the freedom to read by handing out trading cards of banned books designed by local artists.

The designs of this year’s deck of seven cards, and the artists behind them, will be announced Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the library’s auditorium at 707 Vermont St. The following week, from Sept. 21-27, during the nationwide Banned Books Week, the library will hand out one card per day for free.

What a brilliant library marketing idea! How are our tumblarian friends commemorating Banned Books Week?

hey sheeb friends!

Recommend me books to read!  I just got a library card and figured out how to borrow eBooks and I want to indulge in this future technology.

My favorite genre is speculative fiction (scifi/fantasy).  My favorite authors are Isaac Asimov, Neil Gaiman, and Dianne Wynn Jones.  I’m pretty much open to anything but I’m not super interested in fiction that is primarily focused on romance.

Or just tell me your favorite book and I’ll check it out!!! ?

First Impressions and Romanticism ll OPEN

Rogue had a huge Art History assignment due in two weeks. She was in a dual credit course at the college just outside of town, so it was no surprise that the high school didn’t have the books needed and the college didn’t feel she needed a library card for theirs, so she had no choice but to go to the public library. After checking the online website for all the books she needed she left for the library.

Rogue had been there half an hour and found all the books she needed except for one and was tempted to just leave with out it. She already had The Emergence of Romanticism, Romanticism: A German Affair, Waterhouse : John William Waterhouse, Great Poets of the Romantic Age, and Women’s Writing of the Romantic Period, 1789-1836: An Anthology. Maybe she could do without the last book, Rogue couldn’t remember the name of it anyway. Sighing she turned and ran right into someone, dropping her books and landing on her ass. “Watch where yer goin’!” She grumbled, moving to collect her books.

My wallet feels so official now like I have my uni ID, my debit card and my state ID instead of before when the most important thing in my wallet would be a f21 gift card and my library card

  • Artist: Dan Frazier
  • Card Name: Jester’s Mask
  • Card Number: no 211
  • Card Text: Jester’s Mask enters the battlefield tapped. [1],[Tap], Sacrifice Jester’s Mask: Target opponent puts the cards from his or her hand on top of his or her library. Search that player’s library for that many cards. That player puts those cards into his or her hand, then shuffles his or her library.
  • Community Rating: 4 to 4.99
  • Converted Mana Cost: 5
  • Expansion: Masters Edition II
  • Mana Cost: [5]
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Types: Artifact

anonymous said:

Can you do one of your meta posts about how you think the twins evolved as criminals? You answered an ask before with them saying you don't generally start at murder. What other crimes do you think they've done? At what ages?

((Sure! Thanks for the interest. Honestly it wasn’t something I had a lot of fully developed ideas about until I sat down to think this out.

Hopefully this is interesting, and please let me know what you guys think!))

I really don’t think anyone just starts with homicide. I think it builds to that. And I think with the twins once it started, it snowballed quickly. But let’s talk about other crimes first.

No one will ever convince that Luke hasn’t always been a dirty little thief. Picking pockets, keeping a box of treasures in his room, reading off people’s ID’s and library cards to Mark who always would scowl and ask him why he takes things if he doesn’t intend to do anything with them.

Mark is harder to pinpoint but I imagine he’d be mostly just interested in manipulating people and situations. Which isn’t criminal per say but also isn’t the most angelic compulsion. His weak spots are Luke and Lily but aside from them I imagine Mark was able to get whatever he wanted from anyone. Free candy in shops, free desserts in restaurants, that sort of thing, just by being cute when he was younger, and creative as he got older. Luke would have seen this and immediately done his best to emulate the ability, but he’d never be do it quite as well as Mark.

Con men would have been what they were at first. As young as 12 I can see them tricking people, taking wallets, shoplifting, together as a team. Lily wouldn’t have discouraged it, as those are the kind of skills that would be useful to her in the future. In fact she’d likely teach them tricks about not getting caught. It’s one thing to know Mark can talk them out of trouble, but it’s better be clever enough not to get into trouble in the first place.

Their violent urges are maybe a little more interesting to track.

I can see Luke at five or six or seven burning ants with a magnifying glass and throwing rocks at squirrels in the yard and taking absolute pleasure in it. For Luke I think when he finally took a life I think to him it would have been the inevitable progression. He wouldn’t have planned it, but he wouldn’t be surprised that he’d landed there.

Mark would be different. I wrote a fic about Mark accidentally killing his dog here and I think that’s how he would react to his urges at first. Mark isn’t emotional so emotional anymore, but I think that’s a tolerance that’s been built over the years, particularly after he suffered abuse at the hands of one of Lily’s suitors, something I also wrote about here. So I think the violence would sit heavier with Mark at first. He would feel it the need and urges that Luke does but he wouldn’t accept them as readily.

I imagine Luke killed first. Luke is, for all appearances, not as in control of himself as Mark is. So his first kill was probably something akin to an accident, where he got angry or overly passionate and somebody ended up dead. That situation could have been a lot of things, a bar fight, an encounter with a girl gone wrong and I imagine Luke doesn’t particularly dwell on the memory. He’s gotten better since then. It’s just something in the distant past to him. I picture him at 15 or 16, and it simply being about that inability to suppress the violence any longer.

Remember from last season with Paul and Jacob in the basement? I imagine Mark’s first kill went something like that. Only he actually followed through on it. And was a bit more willing than Jacob. Mark is always in control, he needs to be for his own mental state. Luke would know this as well and would make his focus teaching Mark to take control of these urges he has, so that he never does something he doesn’t want to do again. This probably happened when they were 16 or 17.

This discovery would have led into their ability to connect with and control people who are dead better than they can connect with people in real life. Mark may be manipulative, but people are still unpredictable and real emotions, not the shallow ones (pity, jealousy, greed, anger) he can play with so easily, are much harder to fathom to him. Luke would feel the same, but he wouldn’t really articulate this. Rather his focus would always be on the power of the situation. He enjoys the sensation of callously taking life away from those who’ve done nothing wrong. Or righteously taking it away from those who have wronged him (morality is flexible for Luke, and he bends it to suit his own needs and situations)

There’s the progression as I see it. Lots of conning and petty theft and manipulation. Playing games with people has always been what they are best at, obvious in the way they toy with Ryan and later Joe. But the violence was always there and from 15-16 on it became an ever present part of their lives, something done regularly almost as a form of stress relief for the both of them. They need it. It keeps them centered on the tasks at hand.

And as always, it’s about the both of them and how they relate to each other. It’s something they do together that also connects them. Their lack of understanding of their own emotions keeps them sometimes from direct forms of expression. So they bond over things like violent murder.

Gotta love ‘em.

Ernest Hemingway’s Macho Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald

H/T to The Daily Beast.

Dear Scott—

We are going in to Pamplona tomorrow. Been trout fishing here. How are you? And how is Zelda?

I am feeling better than I’ve ever felt—havent drunk any thing but wine since I left Paris. God it has been wonderful country. But you hate country. All right omit description of country. I wonder what your idea of heaven would be—A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death. And hell would probably [be] an ugly vacuum full of poor polygamists unable to obtain booze or with chronic stomach disorders that they called secret sorrows.

To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on 9 different floors and one house would be fitted up with special copies of the Dial printed on soft tissue and kept in the toilets on every floor and in the other house we would use the American Mercury and the New Republic.* Then there would be a fine church like in Pamplona where I could go and be confessed on the way from one house to the other and I would get on my horse and ride out with my son to my bull ranch named Hacienda Hadley and toss coins to all my illegitimate children that lined the road. I would write out at the Hacienda and send my son in to lock the chastity belts onto my mistresses because someone had just galloped up with the news that a notorious monogamist named Fitzgerald had been seen riding toward the town at the head of a company of strolling drinkers.

Well anyway were going into town tomorrow early in the morning. Write me at the

Hotel Quintana



Or dont you like to write letters. I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something.

So Long and love to Zelda from us both—



Elvis Presley’s Signed Library Check-Out Card

A library card bearing the signature of a 13-year-old Elvis Presley was sold at auction for $7,500, doubling estimates. The autograph is believed to be the earliest signature of the King of Rock and Roll.

The auctioneers did not expect much from the library card signed to borrow a copy of “The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson for Young Readers” from Humes High School in Memphis in 1948.

The card was discovered during a library inventory in the book about US President Andrew Jackson, one of the founders of the Democratic Party. The book was sold at auction along with the autograph.