Author Archive for Bond Drager
If you’ve ever been curious to learn more about Pollock’s monstrous work that was heroically saved from the flooded art museum building in 2008, we have some great resources. The book “Jackson Pollock’s Mural: the transitional moment” is written by the conservators at the Getty Center who completed restoration of the painting recently.
One of those conservators, Yvonne Szafran, gave a talk here at ICPL in 2012 about exactly what was done to the painting. It’s a fascinating story, and it’s one of my personal favorite programs we have on The Library Channel.
IPTV recently premiered a documentary about the painting’s history and just which of the many tall tales surrounding it have any truth. That video is on their website: http://site.iptv.org/video/story/24252/jackson-pollocks-mural-story-modern-masterpiece
Even if you aren’t a fan of abstract expressionism, this painting has an incredible story behind it, and it is an important piece of culture at University of Iowa. I look forward to seeing it again in all its glory when the new UI Museum of Art opens.
I recently enjoyed the book Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I love books about food (Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle is one of my all-time favorites) and Kitchens of the Great Midwest not only vividly captures the sensory experience of some terrific meals, it also evokes memories of my own Midwestern childhood and the foods I grew up with.
It has a unique structure: Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character, and sometimes there are jumps forward of several years at a go. This left me wanting more with every chapter change.
Here’s an excerpt of Amazon’s synopsis: When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.
I didn’t want to put this book down. It was funny and sweet, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to the characters.
The first episode of our new biography series, “Iowa City People” has made its debut online and on Library Channel 20. Our
guinea pig guest, “Captain” Steve Bridges, has a fascinating story. Most people in Iowa City know him as the morning co-host on KCJJ 1630, but there’s a lot more to his tale.
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dir. Charlie Chaplin
Bazaar of Bad Dreams
by Stephen King
A Study in Charlotte
by Brittany Cavallaro
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The old gang is back together! Meredith, Brian, Jason, and Melody are chatting about books and travel – destinations they want to visit because of a book or places they’ve actually visited due to reading. They’re also talking about movie adaptations of popular books. Of course, they’ll share ideas of lots of other great books and materials to enjoy.
Books and Travel for Summertime
What we’re reading/watching/listening to
- 00:41 Jason: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss and Day of the Dead by Various Artists (distributed by 4ad)
- 03:38 Brian: The Strumbellas
- 06:50 Melody: Shattered by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Series)
- 08:34 Meredith: Audiobooks from Digital Johnson County
Books and Travel (but not Travel Books!)
- 12:30 Brian: The Road Headed West: a 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America by Leon McCarron, Going Somewhere by Brian Benson, Life is a Wheel by Bruce Weber
- 20:50 Jason: Sixpence House by Paul Collins
- 25:05 Melody: Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
- 30:25 Meredith: Centennial TV Show/book, Road Food by Jane & Michael Stern
Book to Movie Adaptations
- 33:45 Brian: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- 37:50 Melody: Adaptation based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
- 39:20 Jason: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- 42:43 Meredith: Love Story by Erich Segal
- 43:58 Brian: Room by Emma Donaghue
Memoirs, Music, and More (in March!) with Terri
Do you love musicals? Do you hate musicals but like hip hop? Do you hate musicals and hip hop but love American history? Have you heard of Hamilton but have no idea what it is? Brian and Anne have the low down and they’re going to help you out. They’ll also share ideas of lots of other great books and materials to enjoy.
All things Hamilton with Anne, Brian, and Meredith
What we’re reading/watching/listening to
00:42 Brian: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
03:28 Anne: Once in a Great City by David Maraniss
05:04 Bond: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedes
07:07 Meredith: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hamilton the Musical
12:00 Hamilton the Musical
20:28 Aaron Burr, Sir
23:54 You’ll Be Back
26:48 John Adams Miniseries
29:12 War of Two by John Sedgwick
31:05 Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins
34:40 Brian’s list of other musicals similar to Hamilton
We hope you enjoy this video of a few staff with their favorite furry friends, plus books.
Bond Drager at the Library