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Dame Margaret Comes to Town: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 13

Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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Margaret H. Willison, a.k.a. The Coolest Funniest Pop-Culture-iest Librarian Ever, joins Gwen and Frank this week for the ultimate high/low-culture episode.

Rory Gilmore in her natural habitat: surrounded by books

What We're Reading Now

Librarian on Jeopardy!

Zeroville by Steve Erickson

Chauncey Gardner from Being There

All about Eve

The Moment of Psycho by David Thomson

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

The Fargo TV show

Doctor Fate, Vol. 1 by Paul Levitz

helmet of fate
The Helmet of Fate!

Guest Star

Margaret H. Willison:

Clem Snide

Gilmore Girls

So many Rory/book gifs... what a wonderful world.

Bringing Up Baby

Homicide: Life on the Street: the TV show, the book by David Simon, and Andre Braugher

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A gazillion mysteries by Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers

Nancy Pearl's TED Talk, which explains her  "doorways" idea

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Into the Woods (movie) --> Tender Morsels (YA  novel) --> Hadestown (album)

The West Wing

Keats' idea of negative capability

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Anything but Books

Margaret: Hadestown by Anais Mitchell, album and off-Broadway play at the New York Theatre Workshop
Frank: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gwen: @BroodingYAHero on Twitter


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Hello Gwen, Frank and

Hello Gwen, Frank and Margaret, As a longtime listener of pop culture happy hour and a new listener of the librarian is in I was thrilled that you guys had Margaret on the show. I am a librarian in a rural setting and your podcast is a wonderful chance for me to hear from colleagues that I wouldn’t normally get a chance to engage with. So a big thank you! You take an important topic (books) and make it fun and accessible. I particularly love how you incorporate the fascinating subject of how books can lead to other pop culture doorways. At some point I would love it if you guys would take on true crime. Section 364.5 is crazy popular in my library and the topic of read a likes for true crime can be challenging for me and also kind of hilarious. Thanks again this podcast has defiantly lit a new fire in me and is making me rethink how I approach readers advisory. Todd

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