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A Few Updates, Bookish and Non

Hey gang, I’ve reemerged for a one month period during which I wrote over 300 pages of new stuff for books. And good grief, I need a break from that, so here I am.


My speaking calendar is getting busy again. In October I’ll be in Wisconsin, Monterrey, Minneapolis, and Arkansas. Most of it’s private library stuff. If you’re going to any of the big conferences, you already know where I’m going to be.


Some of the pain I get from repetitive movements has gotten worse, so I’m trying out a new round of vitamins and anti-inflammatory nutrition practices. Nothing unusual, just really making an effort to clean up my diet so I can run some experiments from which I can actually draw some conclusions. 

Books Read and Re-read in the past month 

I can’t recommend these highly enough.

David Lynch: Beautiful Dark by Greg Olsen (whether you’re a fan of the films or not, this is a wonderful biography of the man, and examination of the work)

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (still the best)

In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith by Todd Compton. This is a bio of all the women he married. Joseph is way out in the margins on this one. An incredible piece of scholarly writing.

A book about the search for the Yeti. A book whose name I can’t recall at the moment.

Andre The Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown (graphic memoir. Absolutely charming)


I have to keep some secrets right now, but big things are coming. I’ve been writing the book I believe I was born to write. It’s non-fiction. It’s mostly memoir. It’s going to give a few people the fidgets.

I’m reminded again that a whole lot of writing can get done with consistency. Habits habits habits. If you’re struggling to be productive as a writer, just make yourself do something, often, daily, even if it’s just a little bit. Give yourself a chance to see what your finished product looks like. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t stop too soon.

Strength Training

The pain from the tics is limiting me right now. I do a little workout each day, but am not focused on getting stronger. Just trying to hold on to some of the muscle I have and do a lot of movement each day.

That’s it for now. More soon.



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  • Jack M August 28, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Hope you improve daily, Josh. My book of the month is Provinces of Night by William Gay. An incredible writer, and gone too soon.

  • Heather August 29, 2014, 8:29 am

    GLAD YER BACK! WE’VE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!1!11!

  • evelyneholingue August 29, 2014, 9:49 am

    Take care and thank you for the books and writing tips. See you soon.

  • Anara August 30, 2014, 11:47 am

    I’ve been recommending WSL widely. Along with three collections of short stories: Circus Girl by Lois Ann Abraham, Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash, and Welding with Children by the Louisiana writer, Tim Gautreaux.

  • Stephen Marsh (Ethesis) September 13, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Just finished your book and had to read your blog. I’ve a daughter with Tourette’s. Have two copies. One I got from Amazon, and one I bought at the SLC library when I was in town. Bought an autographed copy, hoped to actually see you but they said you had the day off.

  • Bonnie September 30, 2014, 3:45 am

    Hi Josh

    I am a book worm who dreams of working in a library – when my kids are all at school and I get the courage to somehow get back into the workforce!
    Every year my husband picks three books for my birthday present. I am blessed because he puts loads of thought into each title and he puts me way out of my reading comfort zone.

    This year he picked “A Man Called Ove” which was amazing and very different from anything I’ve read before. He picked something else I haven’t gotten to yet. And he picked your book. He said it was a no brainer because it was about librarians. What he didn’t realise was that it was about oh so much more!! Thank you for a great read, and for being so honest and open about your interesting life! I have learnt a lot.

    I was rambling about how good your book was to my pilates teacher and it got me wondering – would pilates help at all with the Tourette’s? Its all about body control and breathing which sounds relevant. Also it involves a lot of realigning sort of stuff (sorry – I’m not good with technical details) which might help with the pain you get from repetitive movements. Just a thought.

    Wordy comment sorry. I did try to email you with the “contact” up the top here there’s something weird going on there….

    Thanks again for the book!

    Melbourne, Australia

  • DL_N October 4, 2014, 7:15 am

    Just finished reading your book, The World’s Strongest Librarian. I have a son with Tourette’s. It has internalized over the years instead of being outward. Love your upbeat attitude! A breath of fresh air.

  • marielle olsson October 6, 2014, 4:59 am

    Hi Josh, and these days Im reading the last pages of your book, i love it. Im really in to aminoacids as a supplemet combined with their vitamins and minerals. Have you experimented anything with that yet? Sometimes a body has a hard time absorbing a nutrient and over time that leads to not being able to manufacture some of the nonessential aminoacids and that leads to deficiensy of some sort and that gives a malfunction somewhere. I just thought id drop you a line about this since it seems to be efficient if you do the intake at right amount and time. Aminos were very popular and thought of as a wonder-(not really a drug, since its broken down protein).. but in the nineties it was competely dissed and it was due to its shortlasting action, slow metabolised proteins like whey and casein was instead presented as the new “shit”, which is easier for the layman to dabble with. I used to be a nursing student but had to stop because it stressed me out to the point my arms numbed all the way up to the elbows and i started to drop things. So now i try to take thing veeery easy and take care of myself. Anyway.. before i used to get joint pain for a long time when i exercised or carried anything heavy. But for me the aminos seemed to do the trick, it doesnt happen anymore. Heres the book where i got the best parts of my amino info: “Amino Revolution by Robert Erdmann and Meirion Jones”, /take care M.O.

  • Philippe Van Houtte October 8, 2014, 9:59 am

    I was at the Arkansas Library Association conference where you spoke on Tuesday, October 7, 2013. You sure are an inspiration for all librarians and I thank you for that. You becoming a librarian on top of that is the cherry on top of the cake! I wish you the best for the future and hope you will be able to go around more to share your life story. All librarians need to read it and hear it!