Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Paul Newman, RIP

I've long been an admirer of Paul Newman, but not a huge fan, so I was a little taken aback at just how touched I am by the news of his death yesterday at age 83. Maybe it's because I am so used to seeing his handsome, cheery face on bottles of salad dressing & cookies at the grocery store every week. Maybe it's because in every one of the 5 or 6 movies I've seen him in, his work consistently struck me as both charming and authentic. Maybe it's because of the Adam Sandler lyric from his first Chanukkah Song: "Paul Newman's half-Jewish; Goldie Hawn's half, too / Put 'em both together: what a fine-lookin' Jew!" Whatever the reason, I am tearing up over here, and I'm indulging my very mild dose of grief by reading & viewing the following:

Paul Newman, A Magnetic Titan of Hollywood, is Dead at 83 (NY Times)
A Late, Great Movie Star (slide show w/Manohla Dargis from the NY Times)
RIP, Paul Newman (The AV Club, including a priceless clip from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid)
Paul Newman & James Dean screentest footage (YouTube -- there's TONS of this stuff there, if you just search "paul newman")

Now's the time to showcase Paul Newman's work at your library -- maybe an impromptu week of his films, with snacks from his Newman's Own line? -- so go through your DVD collection & generate some flyers!


  • At 1:54 PM, Blogger melissa said…

    The Long Hot Summer is one of my favorite movies, so it's sad to think that one half of one of Hollywood's greatest romances is now gone. :-( I'm definitely going to have a Newman film fest of my own.

  • At 7:42 PM, Blogger Patrick Roberts said…

    it's hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman's Own line--high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes... very smart.


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