I have a confession…

I was really excited about the presidential inauguration. It was pretty amazing to see such a historic moment, even if it was just on TV. There were so many people watching here at the Learning Commons, and, as exciting as it was to watch, it was even more exciting to see how excited everyone else was. The spontaneous applause after the inaugural speech was pretty awesome.

That’s not my confession.

This is my confession. As excited as I was about the inauguration on Tuesday, I was even more excited about the season premiere of Lost on Wednesday. I won’t pass judgment on which was better; I will, however, point out that inauguration did not have a smoke monster. Just saying.

In addition to a smoke monster, Lost features something else much more library-related: a strong literary bent. Characters share names with famous authors and philosophers, or are shown reading books that relate to the (generally eerie and sometimes slightly terrifying) things that happen on the show. Beth and I are super-stoked that Lost is starting up again.* We also work in a library, so we have chosen to express our super-stokedness by creating a book display of the literature featured on Lost. It’s not all creepy sci-fi, either– there’s classics (The Odyssey), philosophy (Behold the Antichrist: [Jeremy] Bentham on Religion), modern American fiction (Of Mice and Men), and anthropomorphic bunnies (Watership Down), among other things. The display is on the New Book shelf in the Learning Commons; check it out when you get a chance!

* But probably not as super-stoked as these guys. That’s commitment!

** We can’t really take all the credit, though; click here to read/listen to the NPR story that inspired the idea.

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