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Josh Hanagarne

Josh Hanagarne is a public librarian in Salt Lake City and spends his time at work trying to convince people that Nicholas Sparks is not a genre of one. He also knows how to tie a bow tie. Follow him on twitter: @joshhanagarne

Bookish Relationship Goals

For readers, books are an important part of relationships.

Fiction To Read First When You’re Learning Another Language

The novels one reader reads first when he's teaching himself a new language.

Chaos! Or, How I Got A Signed Copy of Blood Meridian From Cormac McCarthy

Sometimes, the universe provides.

The Bookseller Who Saved My Collection

When I was twenty one I decided that I was going to be a serious scholar. I became a philosophy ...

Oui Oui Oui! A Reader Visits Paris!

Last December I got to spend ten days in Paris. All of the touristy stuff was as good as I ...

A Thoughtful Bookish Gift on a Difficult Day

When I was twenty my parents drove me to a movement disorder clinic in Pasadena. My Tourette Syndrome was worsening ...

Surprises Found In Library Books

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

Surprises Found In Library Books (or Libraries): Part Deux

When I wrote Surprises Found In Library Books I wasn’t expecting such a response. That post got shared thousands of times and ...

The Book I’ve Read More Than Any Other

Not so long ago, I wrote about my Blood Meridian obsession in The Book I Cannot Stop Reading. But even though BM is the ...

Surprises Found In Library Books

I work in a large public library in Salt Lake City. The collection is over one million items strong. Occasionally, ...

Confessions Of A 5th Grade Sneak-Reader

While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our ...

“What’s A Better Addiction? Reading, Or Having Me For A Son?”

For Christmas my (now) seven-year-old son received the book It Was A Dark And Silly Night, a compendium of original comics from ...

Learning To Love ULYSSES. Finally.

My history with Joyce’s Ulysses has been, until late, antagonistic and unpleasant. I described some of the experience in my post about ...

Confessions Of A 5th Grade Sneak-Reader

I grew up in a maniacally pro-reading home, but it was also a conservative Mormon household. I tried to be ...

A Useful List of Books About Depression by Someone Being Treated For Chronic Depression

Like just about everyone, I was saddened to hear of Robin Williams’s death. As someone who has been treated for ...