By Rochelle Logan, Associate Director of Support Services, Douglas County Libraries
In almost every respect, my life is blessed. But that doesn't stop me from being tired out at the end of a day at the library, or a little irritated for reasons that make sense to me at the time.
But it's really, really hard to stay in a bad mood when you come home and find your front yard filled with flamingos.
Well, OK, not filled. There were just seven of them. But they were pink.
Smiling hugely, I noticed that there was a pink sheet of paper hanging from one of the bird's necks. It read:
"You've been flocked!"
It is the oldest story in the world, a thousand years older than either the Iliad or the Bible. Its birthplace was the land we now call Iraq.
Its hero was the king of the Mesopotamian city of Uruk, back in 2750 B.C. The name of the king was Gilgamesh.
The discovery of this classic of world literature is almost as good as the story of Gilgamesh itself.
Let's start with the sheer passage of time. The "book" of Gilgamesh was missing for over 2000 years.
Sometimes librarians joke about the jargon we, like so many professions, fall into. We say, "Reader's Advisory," to describe the process through which we recommend books. But that phrase sounds like "weather advisory" -- a warning.
Well, this week, I'd like to offer some Reader's Advisory in both senses. Listed below are the "Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries." I hasten to add that it wasn't me who came up with this. Rather, it was "Human Events: the National Conservative Weekly," published since 1944.