[Video: Original promotional video for Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare,” featuring Mr. Cooper in corpsepaint and top hat, plus awkward dancers in costume.]

Mr. Cooper's rebellious rock and roll chops are amply displayed here, for does he not, despite his parents' instructions to the contrary, stand on his actual bed?  Such behavior might fly in Detroit’s rock scene, Alice, but here in Ohio our monsters have a little something called “manners.”

[Image: B/w photo of a lycanthrope student (humanoid) using another lycanthrope student (lupine) as a pillow.]

At the CS Library, we understand that students are often underslept.  Many of our students have families and jobs in addition to attending college!  If you need to catch a quick cat- (or wolf-)nap in the library, please just make sure you are not blocking access to our materials, computers, or services.

Viewers may notice that Bill (top) has chosen to wear a collar identifying himself as a Columbus State student.  While many of our lycanthrope students and staff find it convenient to wear accessories bearing personal identification, it is not a requirement.  For further information about guidelines for shape-shifters on the Columbus State campus, please ask the Diversity department.

[Image: B/w photo of a lycanthrope student (humanoid) using another lycanthrope student (lupine) as a pillow.]

At the CS Library, we understand that students are often underslept.  Many of our students have families and jobs in addition to attending college!  If you need to catch a quick cat- (or wolf-)nap in the library, please just make sure you are not blocking access to our materials, computers, or services.

Viewers may notice that Bill (top) has chosen to wear a collar identifying himself as a Columbus State student.  While many of our lycanthrope students and staff find it convenient to wear accessories bearing personal identification, it is not a requirement.  For further information about guidelines for shape-shifters on the Columbus State campus, please ask the Diversity department.

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oupacademic:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: John Blanke, a black trumpeter in Henry VIII’s court

His surname may have originated as a nickname, derived from the word blanc in French or blanco in Spanish, both meaning ‘white’. Blanke was part of a wider trend for European rulers to employ African musicians, dating from at least 1194, when turbaned black trumpeters heralded the entry of the Holy Roman emperor Henry VI into Palermo in Sicily. It has been suggested that Blanke arrived in England with Katherine of Aragon when she came to marry Arthur, prince of Wales, in 1501. Between 1507 and 1512 Blanke was one of eight royal trumpeters under the leadership of Peter de Casa Nova. The first payment to ‘John Blanke, the blacke Trumpet’ was made in early December 1507, when he was paid 20s. (8d. a day) for his services in the previous month

The story of John Blanke is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Image: Black trumpeter at Henry VIII’s tournament. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

archivesofamericanart:

Studying Robert Motherwell and his contemporaries? The Dedalus Foundation invites applications for a visiting scholar to conduct research at the Archives of American Art. Scholars will receive a $3000 grant.
Robert Motherwell, 1952 / Kay Bell Reynal, photographer. [Photographs of artists taken by Kay Bell Reynal], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

archivesofamericanart:

Studying Robert Motherwell and his contemporaries? The Dedalus Foundation invites applications for a visiting scholar to conduct research at the Archives of American Art. Scholars will receive a $3000 grant.

Robert Motherwell, 1952 / Kay Bell Reynal, photographer. [Photographs of artists taken by Kay Bell Reynal], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

[Video: B/w television footage of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins performing “I Put a Spell on You”]

Who was the first goth?  The debate drags on interminably, but one thing is sure: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was alarming audiences long before Dave Vanian got his gravedigging job, and even before Alice Cooper donned his trademark corpse paint.  

Like Lux Interior of last Wednesday’s featured band, The Cramps, Hawkins was born in Ohio—Cleveland, to be precise.  These artists are far from the only contributions the Cleveland area has made to the history of rock and roll: check out rockhalllibrary's NEOPMA tag to see media and info relating to musicians from northeast Ohio, or check out the North East Ohio Popular Music Archives’ page at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library’s website.

Seattle Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

todayinhistory:

October 12th 1492: Columbus lands in the Americas

On this day in 1492 the Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas, thus ‘discovering’ the Americas, though he believed he had found India. He claimed the land for Spain, as his voyage had been sponsored by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, and in his next three voyages claimed more areas of South America. His arrival ushered in a new era of European exploration and colonisation of the Americas, which included the expeditions of Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and Puritan settlers in New England. This day is celebrated in America as ‘Columbus Day’, though many now consider the day a distasteful celebration of an event that was followed by persecution and attempted genocide of indigenous Americans. Columbus’s arrival in America marked a major turning point in world history, as it set the stage for the expansion of European empires and trading routes through ruthless colonisation.

[Image: Painting of a large, greenish being with wings, claws, and a squid-like head, reaching for the viewer, text “Cthulhu wants you/…for breakfast”]

Are you sick and tired of wishy-washy bleeding hearts diluting our traditional values?  Fed up with the hectic pace of the modern world?  Disgusted by what passes for aesthetics, education, and morals in this debased age?  Then the Great Old Ones are for you!

What evokes our glorious heritage more than the worship of beings who came to Earth during its earliest days, over four billion years ago?  What is more reminiscent of times past than their ancient city under the waves, where they have slept, lo these vigintillions of years?  What better way to return to traditional values than by meeting with fellow cultists in secluded places, enacting dread rituals handed down from initiate to initiate since the dawn of time?

Your path to a richer, more vibrant world of ancient terrors from beyond the scope of our known universe can begin here and now, with these informative, accessible texts.  Why hesitate?  A shorter better life is waiting for you!
The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
The H.P. Lovecraft Archive: His Writings [website] 
The Lovecraft Anthology: A Graphic Collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s Short Stories
An Epicure in the Terrible: A Centennial Anthology of Essays in Honor of H.P. Lovecraft
New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
Lovecraft Remembered
H.P. Lovecraft: A Life

Don’t forget to use our databases to find brief pieces of criticism and commentary on the works of H.P Lovecraft!

[Image: Painting of a large, greenish being with wings, claws, and a squid-like head, reaching for the viewer, text “Cthulhu wants you/…for breakfast”]

Are you sick and tired of wishy-washy bleeding hearts diluting our traditional values?  Fed up with the hectic pace of the modern world?  Disgusted by what passes for aesthetics, education, and morals in this debased age?  Then the Great Old Ones are for you!

What evokes our glorious heritage more than the worship of beings who came to Earth during its earliest days, over four billion years ago?  What is more reminiscent of times past than their ancient city under the waves, where they have slept, lo these vigintillions of years?  What better way to return to traditional values than by meeting with fellow cultists in secluded places, enacting dread rituals handed down from initiate to initiate since the dawn of time?

Your path to a richer, more vibrant world of ancient terrors from beyond the scope of our known universe can begin here and now, with these informative, accessible texts.  Why hesitate?  A shorter better life is waiting for you!

Don’t forget to use our databases to find brief pieces of criticism and commentary on the works of H.P Lovecraft!

yeahponcho:

she didn’t eat it so I made a squash tower

For your Cute Animal Friday, here is a tiny dragon with an enormous quantity of chopped squash on her head.

Psst!

*stage whisper*

WE’RE CLOSED TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

Actually, the whole campus is closed, in observation of Columbus Day.

We don’t have a cute graphic to advertise this, because it kind of got ahead of us.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone.  Just enjoy your day off tomorrow.