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New Experiences in the Archives

This summer I spent a lot of time in the air-conditioned library working on a project in the X room, the archives and special collections of the Douglass library. Behind this always-locked door in the basement, there are stacks of rare books. One side of the room, however, is home to a collection of materials related … Read More

Staff Picks: Absolutely on Music

After reading more than half of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami, I realized that the title is a pun. In classical music, some pieces have extra musical associations, such as Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, which musically embodies the accompanying narrative of a passionate lover gone mad. Pieces that don’t have … Read More

Author Talks: Douglas Stuart

I recently attended an event celebrating the release of Douglas Stuart’s new novel, Young Mungo. The release was hyped up by a dear friend who introduced me to his work, and I came to realize that Stuart was receiving attention at large. First, Jeremy Denk included Stuart’s debut novel, Shuggie Bain in his reading list … Read More

Stressbusters 2022: Violin & Harp Duo at Douglass

Stressed? Swing by the Mabel Smith Douglass Room at Douglass library at 3PM on Wednesday, May 4th to hear a pop-up concert featuring violinist Vishnu Halikere and harpist Kisae Lee. The first portion of the concert will consist of a multi-movement sonata by the Armenian-American composer, Alan Hovanhess (1911-2000). This contemplative music has been described … Read More

Stressbusters 2021: Music at Douglass

Feeling stressed as finals approach? Sometimes music has the ability to slow the perception of time. Come by the Douglass Library for a moment of music to relax. There are two opportunities to catch a pop-up performance as part of the Stressbusters series at Rutgers – New Brunswick Libraries. On December 13th you can hear … Read More