Author Archives: L. M. Bernhardt

About L. M. Bernhardt

Deaccessioned philosopher. Occasional Musician. Academic librarian, in original dust jacket. Working to keep my dogs in the lavish manner to which they have become accustomed.

The Prophet and the Archivist’s Nightmare: A Tale from the Weeds

When I briefly worked in the archival collection at my former university, one of the things I absolutely loathed was dealing with old faxes printed on thermal paper. Text and images printed this way tend to fade or disappear very … Continue reading

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Another one of those weeks…

I did not originally plan to create a series of dispiriting meme-esque images, but sometimes, the art just makes itself. Original photo of the Foodman Market in Wilmington, CA taken by John Margolies in 1977, currently available online via the … Continue reading

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Weeding and the Fine Art of Slapping Leather

This week’s fun find in the cart of deaccessioned books is the most well-known work by Western (as in cowboys-and-gunfighters) author Eugene Cunningham: Triggernometry: Don’t be fooled by that plain and simple cover — this is no dry tome full … Continue reading

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Commonplace Weeds

Once upon a time, children, before the internet put us in the position to drown in information at high speeds and with a great and terrible efficiency, we used to write stuff down. In fact, we often did so (horrors!) … Continue reading

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Rabbit’s Revenge, Redux: In Which Everyone In A Comedian

Every Easter, as devoted readers of this blog know, it is my regular ritual to tell a story. Not the Passover tale, oh no. Not the Resurrection. No, Easter on this blog is the occasion for the retelling of the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Lowells

As I was helping out a bit in the archives at work last week, I came across a familiar name in an unfamiliar context: the name of Lowell Mason, which (as it turns out) refers to two very different men … Continue reading

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Back Into The Weeds

It’s time again for some library collection weeding — the Reference section, this time — and that means it is also time for another round of Weird Stuff I Found In The Collection. Yay! This week’s theme: Vintage Sexism (It’s … Continue reading

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