Adult Services Blog

Two new coming-of-age novels.

While I love to read all sorts of fiction, my favorite books fall into the very general category of coming-of-age stories.

A Revealing Look at a "Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession"

 

Tyler Stoddard Smith claims that the aim of his book is “to look into some of the shadier corners of human history, and to shed a little light on an eternally compelling figure:  the prostitute.” If you would expect a stiffly academic and detached depiction of prostitution throughout history, you would grossly misjudge Whore Stories: a Revealing History of the World’s Oldest Profession.

New Criterion Collection titles at your library!

There are a lot of things to appreciate about the Criterion Collection releases of classic movies. They have awesome special features, great quality picture and sound, and a really diverse selection. Perhaps my favorite thing about them, though, is that they often remind me to catch up on older titles I may have missed out on.

Technology, Information, and Society

There is no denying that digital technology is developing rapidly (and marketed aggressively) around the world. At the beginning of the ‘digital revolution’ many thought that increasing access to information technologies would have only a positive ‘leveling’ effect, and would in that sense strengthen our society. Years later, we see that this hasn’t really been the case, and that in many ways technology has only exacerbated existing weaknesses in our social structure.