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February 03, 2004


Why, why must there be a rush ILL (interlibrary loan) that I'm waiting to hear back from when I've actually got to be somewhere tonight? If I stare at the phone, can I will the secretary to call me back, sooner rather than later?

I've handled two ILLs from academic libraries that required us to complete what are called "ALA forms" - ALA-approved, I suppose. They're carbon forms in quadruplicate - meaning that you have to bear down really hard with your pen and your handwriting looks like you're still in kindergarten.

My exciting event tonight? A viewing of Girl With a Pearl Earring, followed by drinks and tapas with my book group. Excuse me, Mr. Partner, but I have a date with Colin Firth tonight, surely you understand.

Addendum: Good thing I lost patience and called the secretary, who'd forgotten to call me back. The issue is tabled until tomorrow. Hurrah!

Yours, &c., LC | 04:23 PM | Film/TV , Librariana | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

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The world will be a better place when ILL is all done through the Internet. We're more than halfway there -- imagine just clicking a button on WorldCat!

Posted by: Mike at February 3, 2004 05:11 PM

so how was the movie? i so want to see it.

Posted by: marco at February 4, 2004 11:15 AM

It's hard to watch any movie adaptation, I think, after just reading the book. Vermeer isn't the main character, you know. The book and the film are mainly about the girl - a fictional imagining of how she came to be in this painting. I enjoyed the book very much, but to my surprise, there were sharply divided opinions on the book. I liked the film, but not as much as I liked the book, but that's not really surprising.

Anyway, the cinematography made the film seem, especially in certain moments, like a Vermeer painting. I think Colin Firth did well as the painstaking, exacting Vermeer, and Scarlett Johansson as the quiet, observant maid. We do see Vermeer working on paintings, but even then it's in the context of the girl's reactions to the art and the artist.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at February 5, 2004 10:25 AM