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Alice Munro: 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel committee has awarded Alice Munro with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. The committee stated that she is a: “master of the contemporary short story”.  Furthermore, they explained that Munro is acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling, which is characterized by clarity and psychological realism. Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov. In the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, her writing is described as being able to show the “surprising depth and complexity in the emotional lives of ordinary people.” REF PR 9180.2.094

Munro is primarily known for her short stories and has published many collections over the years. Her works include Who Do You Think You Are? (1978), The Moons of Jupiter (1982), Runaway (2004), The View from Castle Rock (2006) and Too Much Happiness (2009). The collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001) became the basis of the film Away from Her from 2006, directed by Sarah Polley. Her most recent collection is Dear Life (2012).

If you would like to read some stories by Alice Munro, why not pick up Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories PR9199.3.M8 A6 or if you would like to learn more about Alice Munro, consider taking a look at the book Alice Munro: Paradox and Parallel  PR9199.3.M8 Z74 1987.

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Anchorage Information

The Consortium Library offers an increasing number of wonderful databases and information sources that cover the country, the world, and beyond, but what if your interests are a little more local?  Like right down the street?  Google provides the amazing Street View, but that doesn’t help much with more in-depth knowledge.  (Unless, that is, all you’d like to do is use Google Earth to find the distance from your home to campus measured in Smoots – a Smoot being the length of one Oliver R. Smoot, Jr., an undergraduate and fraternity member who was used to measure the length of Harvard Bridge in 1958.)  No, what you really want is Anchorage Indicators, updated in 2012 and available on the Municipality of Anchorage’s website as a pdf:

http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/Planning/Publications/Pages/2012AnchorageIndicators.aspx

There’s information on demographics, education, economics, crime, labor, government, housing, and more in a 305-page document.  And much of it can be directly compared with Anchorage Indicators reports from 2000, free downloads for which are available here in the Anchorage Indicators section:

http://www.muni.org/departments/ocpd/planning/publications/Pages/default.aspx

In fact, some comparisons are provided in the appendices to Anchorage Indicators 2012.  Unfortunately, the Municipality hasn’t updated the wonderful and even more focused Anchorage Indicators: Neighborhood Sourcebook since 1997, which provided extensive and easily compared neighborhood-by-neighborhood information; there’s no current link, so if you’d like a look, ask for it at the Reference Desk (REF HC108.A46 A525 1997).

The Municipality does offer the very localized My Neighborhood online fact finder:

http://neighborhood.muni.org/

but while useful, it doesn’t touch the depth or ability to compare neighborhoods of Neighborhood Sourcebook by a long shot.  There is another site, Anchorage Live:

http://www.anchoragelive.com

that can provide a surprising amount of detailed public information on an individual basis, but again, not on a neighborhood basis.

We have other local and historical information sources for Anchorage and Alaska, but Anchorage Indicators is always a good place to start.  And for those of you who have decided that, all things considered, it actually sounds like a good idea to start measuring things in Smoots, you can find out more both at this website:

http://aether.lbl.gov/www/personnel/smoot/smoot-measure.html

and in Smoot’s Ear: The Measure of Humanity by Robert Tavernor.  We have that title in the General Collection at QA465.T38 2007.  To measure using Smoots in Google Earth, just click on the measurement tool, choose Smoots in the dropdown menu, and start measuring away!

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