Sunday, February 08, 2009

Serendipities and PPL

One of my favorite late night/early morning shows on WBAI features rebroadcasts of Jean Shepherd radio shows. Shepherd rambled around all sorts of topics while occasionally breaking out into Jew's-Harp performances on his show. Just the other day, the rebroadcast had him talking about humorist George Ade. By luck, I found a volume of George Ade's writings in the Plainfield Public Library and the humor holds up, lo these many decades later.

Another show, Hour of the Wolf, comes on at 5 a.m. Saturday and features science fiction, fantasy and related genres. I was awake enough early Saturday to hear Neil Gaiman giving readings of his work and later found several books by Gaiman on the PPL shelf, including the Coroline story that has now just come out as a film.

I didn't take that one out, but selected "Neverwhere."

Anyway, it was nice to find some highly interesting books related to current radio references and right here in the Plainfield Public Library!

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our library is one of the best! I did a project on "humor" in the 1940s in America a few years back, and the PPL turned out to have even better resources (in terms of certain out-of-print volumes) than some of the research libraries that I regularly use.


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