What's That Sound? Things That Go Bump in the Night!
Recommended by Leo, head of the library's Technology Department.
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Hello darkness, my old friend. Ive come to talk with you again. So begins the title cut from Simon and Garfunkles classic album, Sounds of Silence. Much of this CD contemplates lifes grey if not darker side, including: "The Sounds of Silence," "Kathy's Song," "Somewhere They Can't Find Me," "Richard Cory," "A Most Peculiar Man," "April Come She Will" and "I am a Rock." According to Epicurus, reflection is one of the three key ingredients of a happy life. Though dark, these songs provide a wonderful soundtrack for contemplation, and harkens back to a day when popular music was not nearly so formulaic as we find it now.
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. The creatures that populate this engaging story line demonstrate Sendaks vivid, graphical imagination. It is the first childrens book that made me sit up and take notice of the quality of art involved in the genre. The book is also featured in The Maurice Sendak Library, a video documentary on Maurice Sendak's life and writings.
FEARS: They come in different shapes and sizes. This collection of 18 Childrens stories about the noises, dreams and shadows of the night that frighten and beguile the imagination, weaves fantasy and reality, asking: Is it really just your imagination?
Ending on a lighter note, and for those too young to know much cultural history beyond the X-Files, consider this quaint, yet engaging, forerunner of supernatural science fiction. Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin, is a reporter for the Independent News Service who encounters the supernatural on his quest for stories. Originally broadcast as a television series from 1974-1975, what The Night Stalker lacks in spine-tingling horror, it makes up for in faux terror and Kolchaks curmudgeonly charm. My favorite in the 3-DVD, 20-episode series is "Mr. R.I.N.G.," involving a relatively plausible sci-fi ploy that conjoins libraries, philosophy and high technology.