But Is it art?

It all began, more or less, with a white porcelain urinal, signed R. Mutt and dated 1917. Titled Fountain, the object was submitted under pseudonym by the French artist Marcel Duchamp to the first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists. Though it had been announced that the exhibition would be neither juried nor censored, Fountain was rejected on the grounds that it was “by no definition a work of art.” The subsequent spark of interest in the object and the theoretical issues it provoked, however, ensured Fountain a significant place in the history of Modern art.

Now Fountain is back in the news, the subject of contemporary artist Pierre Pinoncelli’s most recent caper. The artist used a small hammer to hit the object, into which he had previously

Jon Stewart is going to host WHAT?!?!?!

Jon Stewart

In a stroke of brilliance (or is it ratings-despair?), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tagged Jon Stewart to serve as Master of Ceremonies at this year's Academy Awards show, airing Sunday, March 5 on ABC.

It is hoped that Stewart, best known for his longstanding role as the deliverer of fake news on Comedy Central, and for his award-winning America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction will pull in the young hip viewers who are devoted followers of Stewart's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but who avoid the oft-perceived-as-stodgy Oscars.

January 10th- "National Cut Your Energy Costs Day"

What could be a more timely topic in this season of soaring heating bills? Check out these two books from our collection that address this challenge. One is The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy Smart by Paul Scheckel. Scheckel gives practical suggestions in a breezy anecdotal style including appliance choices and tips on renewable energy sources. Just by using a few of his ideas, he promises savings of hundreds of dollars. And some of these changes can lead to improved indoor air quality and healthier homes.

Smart Power- An Urban Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiecy by William H. Kemp is a good introduction for both homeowner and professional with hands-on guidance on steps one can take to be more energy efficient.

Go talk to the Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives

Dingell, John

And ask him what being the "dean" actually means for me while you're at it. Congressman John Dingell will conduct office hours at Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday January 10th from 7-8 PM. Tell your politically inclined friends, this is an opportunity for some face time with the representative of the 15th Congressional District.

Resolved: Let's Get Organized!

Is getting organized or making better use of your time on your list of New Year's resolutions? If so, this is your month to get started according to the National Association of Professional Organizers which has designated January as National Get Organized Month. Whether you're thinking of work, home or school there are numerous recent time management books to help you on your way. Homemakers may want to check out Ronni Eisenberg's Organize Yourself!, Lanna Nakone's Organizing for Your Brain Type, Mary Jo Rulnick's The Frantic Woman's Guide to Life or Heloise's Get Organized with Heloise. To make better use of your time at work check out Kerry Gleeson's The Personal Efficiency Program, Julie Morgenstern's Making Work Work, Kenneth Blanchard's The On-Time, On-Target Manager, or Harvard Business Schhol's The Results Driven Manager: Taking Control of Your Time. Students should consider Ronald Fry's Get Organized. There's even a book for harried lovers, Claudia & Dave Arp's No Time for Sex. No time for more ...

Desserts YUM!

I know that Christmas is over with its attendent goodies and I gained 5 pounds over the holidays but You gotta live and dream!. These gorgeous books with great ideas are for all seasons.
Nancy Baggett: appeared December 19th on the Diane Rehm show to discuss her new book All-American Dessert Book" (Houghton Mifflin)
An award-winning baker and cookbook author offers suggestions for holiday goodies. She talks about the 4 years, 370 pounds of sugar, 130 pound of butter, and more than 1,100 eggs she went through in her search for America's best desserts.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #3

Love Walked In, the auspicious debut from award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos earned high praise from the hard-nosed Kirkus Review folks–a rare feat considering its genre - Chicklit.

In this The Philadelphia Story meets Sex and the City, romantic and ambition-challenged Cornelia Brown envisioned life as a series of cinematic moments. So when Cary Grant (a.k.a.Martin Grace) walked into the café that she managed, you could almost hear the violin section striking up the theme song from A Man and a Woman. Happily-ever-after was threatened by the sudden appearance of 11 yr.old Clare. You think you know what happened next? Wrong!

Do yourself a favor, read this “clever, engaging, (and)timeless gem". (Film rights to Paramount with SJP to star). Certain to make future lists of Cinematheraphy.

No New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (1/1/06)

There were no new titles on the List this week.

However, I did read a great mystery entitled Ash and Bone over the New Year's holiday by John Harvey, one of my favorite British writers.

Several years ago Harvey announced that he was "retiring" the Charlie Resnick series. On top of Colin Dexter "killing off" Inspector Morse, this news was almost too much for mystery lovers.

Harvey has come back strong with a new protagonist who specializes in cold cases.

Marjorie Kellogg, creator of Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon, 1922-2005

Marjorie Kellogg

Marjorie Kellogg, whose title character in her 1968 bestselling novel, Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon, was immortalized by Liza Minnelli in the movie adaptation, has died.

Ms. Kellogg, a graduate of Smith College, was a hospital social worker. With the encouragement of her friend and fellow writer Paula Fox, Kellog wrote her tender funny novel about three friends with daunting disabilities who set up housekeeping together. Ms. Kellogg also wrote the screenplay for the 1970 movie by the same name which was directed by Otto Preminger.

Tory Dent, author of HIV, Mon Amour, dies at 47

Tory Dent

Tory Dent, who chronicled a life of joy and creativity even as she struggled courageously with HIV/AIDS, succumbed to the illness on Friday, December 30, 2005.

Dent won several awards for HIV, Mon Amour (2000), the second of her electrifying trilogy of AIDS-themed volumes of poetry. Her first unflinching look at the disease, What Silence Equals, was published in 1993, five years after her initial diagnosis. Ms. Dent lived long enough to see the publication of the final volume, Black Milk which was released last year.

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