Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
March 2nd marks the 109th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, creator of The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and an especially interesting substance called "oobleck." Hey, Sam-I-Am, pick up a book today and celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of this amazing, witty, flabbergastingly creative individual. And you can read the stories behind some of his most famous books at Mental Floss.
Starting a librarian's playlist...
We used to call them mix tapes...and then mix CDs, and then they became playlists on MP3 players, and now we can arrange them on Spotify... whatever... but if you are hanging with your librarian besties and you need some tunes to rock the house, here's another one by Canadian band Moxy Fruvous (from their 1993 album Bargainville). These guys name-drop Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and Michael Ondaatje, come up with a clever rhyme for Mario Puzo and find a way to toss in Doris Lessing as well. Turns out they wrote it in honor of a Toronto authors' festival. (Note to Printers Row Lit Fest: check into a theme song for next year!)
@George Michael: if you cover this one and the Julian Smith ditty on your comeback album, I'll guarantee a built-in librarian audience. Maybe write a librarian song of your own and send it in to the Lit Fest committee. And then book a performance at the intimate Chicago Theatre.
Unfortunately, these guys are no longer making satirical, politically-aware music together. But they deserve a place in the Librarians' Music Hall of Fame for another of their songs: a jazz-flavored, hip-hop riff on Green Eggs and Ham.
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