What do olives and the twist have in common?

Nothing, but I do have a story for you all:

This morning, as I trudged across campus, I found my thoughts wandering. At least when I could hear them, anyway. The wind was angry, and I wasn’t about to try to interrupt it. One question rang clearly, though: If my short walk from car to building shook me, what must it be like for people without a destination? That is to say, how difficult must it be for someone coming from somewhere and going nowhere, trapped in an unforgiving cold? It’s a travesty, really, to know that not everyone has the luxury of milling about from warm place to warm place. It’s a privilege we often take for granted. And yet this travesty isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s been rearing its ugly head for centuries. Poverty and disadvantage are as old as us.

I didn’t think so much about that last bit until I got to work. I opened up our homepage, eager to pull some films for the feature shelf (more on that later), and found this little gem staring back at me:



Isn’t serendipity a strange thing? There I was, mulling over a million thoughts of inequity, and here’s this ad, offering a potential answer. I’d like to believe this is the result of some UCO magic, present but never seen. But that’s a topic for another post. Or maybe another blog altogether. Try not to judge me too harshly for eccentricities. Anyway, I was excited to see one of our own intellectuals tackling a subject so relevant to modern, western society.  I mean, think about it, Victorian culture continues to have a pretty big influence on our lives. We haven’t completely transcended strict societal expectations, after all. As you can imagine, I was eager to find out more.

Now, anyone who’s taken an English Lit. course or two knows that one name stands out in a discussion like this–at least in my humble opinion. Dickens. Lucky for me (and hopefully you too, interested reader *nudge nudge*) I discovered that Max Chambers has Dickens abound. My personal favorite is our copy of Oliver!, the West End’s take on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. Its got great music; an awesome cast; and, as far as musicals go, a flare for staying true to the original story. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself!


See, told you. Be sure to swing by and check it out sometime before Drs. Sheetz-Nguyen and Button’s book talk. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me there and we can have a discussion about it all.


Have fun and take care,


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