Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ripped Straight from the Stacks!

LIM College Librarians collect books primarily in support of the curriculum. Usually, the connection to coursework is clear. However, some books are collected to inspire or to expand the students’ understanding of how to “read” a book.  Below are examples of the more adventurous titles in our collection.

Pink Globalization, examines the creation and rise of Hello Kitty as part of Japanese Cute-Cool culture.  A collection of essays explore the expansion of Japanese companies to overseas markets, the enhanced distribution of Japanese products, the rise of Japan's national cool as suggested by the spread of manga and anime, and the edgy power in Hello Kitty to challenge and, perhaps, overturn, power structures.

Suggested for: Global Retailing, Global Marketing, Global Markets

Largely comprised of images, in Mangini Studio, Gordon Stettinius, had a series of 50 commercial studio portraits taken over the course of seven years.  Starting with a perm, he changed hairstyles and clothing for each photo. The result is a witty exploration of what creates  identity.

Suggested for: Styling, The Power of Image

A highly praised work which landed on many best books of the year lists, Chris Ware’s Building Stories is a fun recombinant read. Readers choose the order in which to read this 260-page graphic novel made up of 14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets (if by reading you include playing a board game integrated into the narrative). A moving tale of incredible artistry.

The New York Times calls the Raw Shark Texts a genre-founding work of fiction. This edgy thriller manipulates words into images both in the story and on the page, to create reading to be experienced.

Posted on February 4, 2015 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services)