I’m tempted to start a series of posts on this topic: Toronto Public Library Catalogue failures. What errors in cataloguing do I discover when using the library today?
Today I wanted to put a hold on one of our favourite books, LIBRARY LION by Michelle Knudsen. The library’s system appeared to no longer carry the title (only an audio book version, and a reference copy). We managed to find it during our visit though, checked it out and from my lists of checked out materials it gives me the link to the holding. The link points to an event for Chinese Folk Dance happening in May. Fail.
We also read a great children’s book by Neil Gaiman today and I wanted to find it again so I looked through all Neil Gaiman’s children’s books and it wasn’t in the list. Odd. I managed to remember part of the name, and found the book with a different search: BLUEBERRY GIRL. I wonder why it’s not listed as a children’s book, and if he has done other children’s books that I won’t be able to discover too?
To round things out, earlier in the week I had read the amazing SUMMIT OF THE GODS Volume 1 and wanted to get the next volume. I was on the record for the book already so I clicked through to the author, Baku, Yumemakura., but this was the only book they had. I figured the subsequent volume wasn’t out yet, or hadn’t been acquired and was going to end my journey there when I had a feeling to try something else. I went through via the illustrator instead and there it was, Volume 2! With a duplicate entry for the author (one with birth year, one without). A fault of the MARC record, or lazy cataloguers?
Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work by Michael R. Goldman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For years now Clint Eastwood has ranked as my favourite American Filmmaker. When I saw this large portrait of Mr Eastwood staring at me from the display at my local library I immediately grabbed it (despite it’s heft and the challenges that gives me transporting it from the library by that’s an aside).
The many anecdotes throughout the volume were wonderful glimpses into Clint Eastwood the filmmaker, and Clint Eastwood the man. I’d recommend the book for those reasons alone as the writers of the book interviewed over sixty cast and crew who have worked with him over the past 40 years, and they’ve organized the chapters into distinct filmmaking domains which I enjoyed.
I didn’t give the book more stars though, due to a few weaknesses. It is coffee table sized, in order to show off the tremendous still photographs, however it felt like the stills chosen did not encompass the entire history of Eastwood’s work, nor were they necessarily even related at all to what was being discussed near them. Most of the pictures were from four or five of his films — perhaps it was a rights issue with the pictures, or some technical matter but it was a weakness I felt. Most of the chapters did not conclude well. I often had to double check I didn’t skip a page or miss a paragraph somewhere. And finally the design of the ‘sidebars’ took me out of the flow as well, the smaller font and the disjointedness of how they were chosen to be separated from the main body was unclear. Oh, and personally I wanted more on Changeling, just because I followed a lot of that production closely from another source.
Biographically there was very little, but I’m now tempted to dip into that well of material that’s already been published and see what more I can learn about the man himself.