I am currently reading James Baldwin’s novel Another Country, which has quickly become my favorite novel. The novel explores the themes of race relations, bisexuality, and (through the subtext of the title’s metaphor) nationalism in the context of interracial relationships. I really like how Baldwin eloquently articulates the alienation felt by many black Americans during the mid-twentieth century through the novel’s African-American main character, Rufus, and his relationships to his friends and lovers. I found myself connecting to many of the main character’s frustrations – feeling as though he was in “another country” within his own country. Baldwin is my favorite author and I am excited to finally be reading what is widely considered to be his most popular work.
–Melvin Whitehead, Librarian
Many students ask where they can find literary criticism. An excellent JJC Library resource to use is the database Literature Criticism Online. This database provides criticism on authors and their works from leading reference sources in the field. The database is easy to use and has a wealth of information in a simple to navigate format. In fact, the database contains 220,000+ reviews and essays! Literature Criticism Online can be accessed from the JJC Library database page (click on ‘Infotrac’, click ‘Proceed’, and click on ‘Literature Criticism Online’ at the bottom). From off campus, you will be prompted to enter your JJC username and password for access. For help using Literature Criticism Online, stop by the reference desk or call us at (815) 280-2344. We look forward to assisting you.
“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
American poet Allen Ginsberg (1926- 1997) was an influential writer and leading figure of the Beat Generation. He questioned society’s ideals and challenged citizens to find their true identities outside of the norm. He is best known for his epic poem Howl.
Be enlightened…. Numerous books by Allen Ginsberg are available for you to borrow at the JJC Library at the call number 811.54 G435.
JJC Library is enthusiastically providing a free summer audiobook program–SYNC. From May 15th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title and a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email and text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.
The audiobooks available starting May 15th are Warp: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
Career goal: Actor
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite movie: Batman: The Dark Night
Favorite music: Michael Jackson and hip hop
Favorite quote: “Expect the unexpected.”
Favorite hobby: Listening to music.
Job duties as a student worker in the library: Shelve books and arrange stacks.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned at JJC?: Life is more than your own life.
What advice would you give to new students?: Use positivity to get where you want to be.
What is a little known fact about you?: I like to laugh a lot.