EPL’s Emmy Picks 2016

A mere 48 hours ago the winners of the 68th Emmy Awards were announced in a star-studded, red-carpet affair in the heart of sunny Los Angeles.  Now from the heart of sunny Evanston, it’s time to unveil the winners of an honor arguably equal in prestige.  That’s right, here on Off the Shelf we’re proud to present – minus the celebrities and carpeting – the winners of the 2016 EPL Emmys.  Congrats to all our winners, and please hold your applause until all the awards have been announced.

And the EPL Emmy goes to…

game_of_thrones_season_6-jpegBest Drama:  Game of Thrones

“I am a devoted Downton Abbey fan, but I have to give it to Game of Thrones.  They outdid themselves this season especially without the books to guide them.  Original, suspenseful, satisfyingly vengeful, exciting – this season had it all.  (Bonus:  They even cut down on the pointless female nudity!  Finally.)” — Gena Johnson

 

master-of-noneBest Comedy:  Master of None

Master of None’s episode “Parents” is one of the sharpest, funniest, saddest TV episodes about the immigrant experience.  Aziz Ansari is a revelation on the show as star, director, and writer.”  — Brian Wilson

 

 

oj-amsBest Limited Series:  The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

“Other than David Schwimmer saying “Uncle Juice,” I really enjoyed American Crime Story.” — Bob Meyer

 

 

sherlockBest T.V. Movie:  Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Sherlock.  Um, it’s elementary, dear librarian.” — Heather Plank

 

 

 

last-week-tonightBest Talk Show:  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

“Please.  John Oliver is stunning every week!  Even Janice from Accounting has to acknowledge his greatness.  And you know she doesn’t give a… care.”  — Gena Johnson

 

 

Best Sketch Series:  Drunk History

Drunk History’s reenactments make the show.  Click.  Clack.  Clickety clack.”  — Elizabeth Sanderson

 

 

An Interview with Lloyd Davidson

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Lloyd Davidson is an Evanston photographer who made his Local Art @ EPL debut back in 2015.  Now the retired NU Life Sciences Librarian has returned with a fresh collection of breathtaking nature photography captured everywhere from New Zealand to the American Southwest to James Park.  You can catch this inspired show on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through the end of September, and you can view more of Dr. Davidson’s work by visiting his online gallery.  Recently we spoke with him via email about his artistic inspirations including Kafka, Picasso, and Edward Weston, his three simple rules for capturing the perfect shot, the Louis Pasteur quote that is his motto, and the rich Evanston art scene.

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EPL’s Emmy Extravaganza!

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Calling all Evanston TV lovers and likers!  The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner, and here on Off the Shelf, we need your help.  You see, we want to know which shows you think should win the big Emmys of 2016 and why.  We’re not asking which shows you think WILL win but which ones you think SHOULD win, and please don’t worry if you haven’t seen every episode of every nominated series.  Even if you only tuned in sporadically, please don’t be shy and let us know what you thought by filling out our EPL Emmy Picks 2016 Survey.  After that, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf next week for all the results.  Stay tuned.

Local Art @ EPL: Lloyd Davidson

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We are thrilled to welcome Lloyd Davidson back to the library for a brand-new Local Art @ EPL exhibit.  After making his 2015 library debut, the retired NU Life Sciences Librarian and Evanston photographer has returned with a fresh collection of breathtaking nature photography captured everywhere from New Zealand to the American Southwest to James Park.  You can catch this inspired show on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through the end of September, and you can meet Dr. Davidson at an opening reception on September 8th at 7 pm.  Also, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with the artist himself.  Stay tuned.

Poetry 365: Kim Addonizio

kim addonizioThis month for Poetry 365 we’re featuring Kim Addonizio’s eclectic new book Mortal Trash.  Filled with allusions to classic poets such as William Shakespeare and Gerard Manley Hopkins, this seventh collection from the prolific National Book Award finalist mingles witty musings on lust and aging with weightier concerns about terrorism and global warming.  Vivid, jaded, and linguistically agile, Mortal Trash shows why the San Francisco Chronicle described Addonizio as “a master of compressed intensity who always nails the emotional image.”  So don’t miss this edgy new book, sample a poem below, and make sure to stop back next month for Poetry 365.

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An Interview with Patrick Shiplett

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Patrick Shiplett is an Evanston artist who is the latest to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  A cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, NY Times, and Washington Post, Shiplett’s exhibit features nearly three dozen cartoons he presented to the New Yorker’s editorial staff before they explained “there was no room for a cartoonist [his] age in their lineup.”  Titled Too Old for the New Yorker, Shiplett’s cartoon collection is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through August 31st along with selected writing from his blog.  You can find more of his cartoons and writing by visiting his website, and we recently spoke with him via email about his artistic origins, pitch meetings at the New Yorker, advice for aspiring cartoonists, and his blog.

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EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies — The Votes Are In!

Our superhero super fans have spoken!  Below are the top picks in our survey of EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies:

Most Anticipated Upcoming Superhero Movie…

Doctor-Strange-PosterDoctor Strange (November 2016)

“Two words… Benedict. Cumberbatch.”

— Seth

Favorite Recent Superhero Movie…

age of ultronAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

“I think the Avengers movies have done a good job of not destroying the franchise.  Captain America: Civil War was a close second.”

— Danielle

Favorite Superhero Movie of All Time…

dark knightThe Dark Knight (2008)

“The people on the boats, Batman’s faith in the citizens of Gotham… It flips the script.”

— Elizabeth

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EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies

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At long last Suicide Squad is hitting theaters nationwide, and now we’ve got a fever.  A superhero fever, that is, and the only cure is to talk superhero movies right here on Off the Shelf.  Whether you’re a DC purist or loyal to Marvel, do us a super solid and visit EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies to cast your votes for the best past, present, and future blockbusters in the genre along with your all-time favorite Batman.  Remember, with great voting power comes great responsibility so don’t delay, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf next week for all the voting results.  Now, EPL Assemble!

Local Art @ EPL: Patrick Shiplett

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We are excited to welcome Evanston artist Patrick Shiplett as the next to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  A cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, NY Times, and Washington Post, Shiplett’s exhibit features nearly three dozen cartoons he presented to the New Yorker’s editorial staff before they explained “there was no room for a cartoonist [his] age in their lineup.”  Titled Too Old for the New Yorker, Shiplett’s cartoon collection is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through August 31st along with selected writing from his blog.  You can find more of his cartoons and writing by visiting his website, and you can learn more about his work at a reception on Thursday, August 4 at 5 pm.  Also, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with the artist himself.  Stay tuned.

Poetry 365: Eleanor Chai

admin-ajax.phpThis month for Poetry 365 we’re highlighting the remarkable debut collection from poet Eleanor Chai.  In Standing Water, Chai takes readers to a small Paris museum where she encounters a bust of Japaneses dancer Little Hanako by sculptor Auguste Rodin that triggers painfully complex memories of the mother erased from the poet’s life since her childhood.  Described by Mark Strand as “a masterpiece,” Colm Toibin declared, “The last poems of the book are outstanding, chiseled and perfect, line by line by line.  Standing Water is a great achievement.”  So don’t miss this hauntingly honest debut, sample the opening poem below, and make sure to stop back next month for Poetry 365.

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