Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Big Snark-Off: Information and Referral Edition - Part 1

My favorite snarkers, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have been book touring for their boffo bestseller Heaving Bosoms, so romance cover snarks have been a bit few and far between. I miss them, but that's ok! I'm totally givin' those bitches a break because they are the very definition of throbbing, pulsing AWESOME. They'll return to cover snarks. 'Cause it's in their blood. I am a faithful fan. I will wait.

In the meantime, I've been looking over some old favorite websites and discovered they have now added rss to their blogs. Hooray! Snark on a stick! And somehow, the snark-goddesses have smiled upon me and I've even found some new things. So...I'm putting on the 'ol Librarian Tiara and reviewing some of my favorite snarksites. Hooray!

Awful Library Books, while aimed at the librarian, is also comprehensible to most laypeople. Michigan librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner meticulously search out items on actual library shelves. Items that should have been "deaccessioned" long ago. As good librarians, Kelly and Hibner give us a partial citation and their reasons for suggesting an item be weeded from a library's collection. Below is one example.

Dressing for success 1970’s style!
via Awful Library Books by marykelly48 on 5/14/09
"The Woman’s Dress for Success

I remember this guy being the cutting edge in fashion for business. In the late 1970’s as women were hitting the job market in record numbers, this was the go to book for dressing at work. Now its just kind of sad unless you would like to dress like a nun for work. Again, why is this stuff still in a career collection? "

I am in complete agreement with Kelly and Hibner on this one. It was this book, and a few later editions, that made me become a librarian in the first place. No WAY was I going to become a shoulder-padded, IBM-blue, power-chick. Librarianship eschews that. For better or worse.

Etiquette Hell Blog has been around for a while. Somehow I just discovered it had rss. This gem is less about snark and more about WTF? It is amazing how insensitive, cruel, and otherwise unacceptable people can be. This one is worth reading just to make sure you are not the guilty party in the post!

Picture Is Unrelated - WTF Pictures (PIUWTF) seems to be a cousin to Failblog. In fact, I found it via Failblog. A warning: PIUWTF is much more likely to have "unsuitable for work" pictures in it than Failblog. For this reason, caution is advised. The humor is also a bit more earthy. View as taste allows. Some G-Rated examples:

Dial-a-Llama…why didn’t I think of that?!
via Picture Is Unrelated - WTF Pictures by pizzaburger on 5/12/09

How’s that MFA workin’ out for you?
via Picture Is Unrelated - WTF Pictures by pizzaburger on 5/13/09

Next reviews will concentrate on some of the more domesticated snark providers, such as Cakewrecks and What Not To Crochet.
Until we Snark Again...

1 comment:

Bitterly Books said...

So what do you do if you've got a snarky blog that takes a run at the founder of Focus on the Family, a doctor who calls newborn babies ugly, and an author who feels that "a woman afraid of her power is like an eagle afraid of its wings"?

I mean, I'm pretty disconsolate that I missed this first Snark-off, and I don't know that I'm domestic enough to be included in the second. Am I doomed to languish in obscurity?