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Staff Recommendation: Jakob Von Gunten

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Jakob Von Gunten is a novel by the mostly forgotten Swiss writer Robert Walser. Published in 1909, the novel tells the story of a boy named Jakob Von Gunten and his time at the Benjementa Institute — a school for servants. The novel is based off of Walser’s own experiences at servant school and as a butler. The title character is also the narrator of the story. He tells his surreal accounts of going to the school, living in a city away from his parents and interacting with the principal and teacher of the school. Even though Jakob is somewhat of an unreliable narrator and all-around snot-nosed brat, his story makes for a fascinating read.

Recommended by Isabella Braun, Music Library Work Study Assistant

Lynda.com – Tutorials for Everything

Lynda.com is a fantastic website and resource for technology training. University of the Arts’ subscription to the site allows you to access tutorials for a wide range of subjects. On it there are hundreds of online courses that can help you to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, etc., as well as management and presentation skills. The service is connected to LinkedIn and allows you to add skills to your professional profile. You can use this service to seriously beef up your resume and collect a number of work-related skills. You can also choose to follow more general learning paths like “Become a Content Marketer” or “Become a Project Coordinator”.
Learn everything from graphic design to coding through this service made free through University of the Arts’ subscription. Maybe even use it to knock out a New Year’s resolution or two.

One note: The first time you log into Lynda, you have to go through the UArts portal to register. After doing that once and setting up a Lynda account, you can access it directly, including on its mobile app!

Post by Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant

Staff Recommendation – My Best Fiend

My Best Fiend is a documentary by the famous German director Werner Herzog about his tumultuous relationship with actor Klaus Kinski. Herzog and Kinski worked together on five films. The documentary details all sides of Kinski’s personality, including examples with massive arguments between Kinski and Herzog, some even involving the film crews.  There are also many parts of the documentary that humanized Kinski. You do not have to watch any of Herzog’s or Kinski’s films to enjoy this story about a crazy relationship between two hardworking men of cinema.
Recommended by Isabella Braun – Music Library Work Study Assistant

Staff Recommendation – Still Life with Woodpecker

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins is a witty and funny — but never corny — love story between an environmentalist vegetarian princess, Leigh-Cherri, and an on-the-run outlaw, The Woodpecker, who was in jail for bombing a number of buildings. They both meet at a environmental convention in Hawaii where the Woodpecker wants to wreak havoc at and Princess is simply trying to enjoy her vacation. The pair end up becoming somewhat star- crossed lovers and are separated by the Princess Leigh-Cherri’s royal parents who do not approve of their relationship. The rest of the story follows both characters as they attempt to reunite. In typical Robbins fashion the whole novel has absurd scenes that will make you question what you’re reading. Some of the covered topics include aliens, redheads, and a pack of Camel cigarettes. This novel will keep you laughing and genuinely curious as to whether or not the Princess and the Woodpecker will live happily ever after.

Recommended by Isabella Braun, Music Library Work Study Assistant