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Henry Rollins Reads Dr. Seuss
June 24th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Henry Rollins Reads Dr. Seuss from Funny Or Die

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The Library
June 10th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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100 Movies Dance Scenes Mashup (Mark Ronson-Uptown Funk ft.Bruno Mars)
June 6th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu
May 20th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Published on May 18, 2016

Authored by Joshua Hammer, one of today’s most seasoned journalists, THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS introduces readers to Abdel Kader Haidara, a mild-mannered historian and librarian from Timbuktu who morphed into one of the world’s greatest smugglers and pulled off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven. A true story, this “vivid, fast-paced narrative” (Kirkus Reviews) is a tale of triumph and positivity that takes place in the Islamic world—something that has sadly been missing in recent months, and arguably recent years. A recent review from Publishers Weekly sums the book up beautifully: “Hammer does a service to Haidara and the Islamic faith by providing the illuminating history of these manuscripts, managing to weave the complicated threads of this recent segment of history into a thrilling story.”

Haidara’s story begins in the 1980s when, as a young adventurer and collector for a government library, he journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River to track down and salvage thousands of ancient Islamic manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. Through his efforts, the city acquired 350,000 precious volumes, many written during the Golden Age of Timbuktu in the 1500s. Tragically, his efforts nearly unraveled when Al Qaeda militants seized control of Timbuktu and most of Mali in 2012. As the militants tightened their control, Haidara organized a clandestine and dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of Timbuktu, by road and by river, to the safety of southern Mali. THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS recounts Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s literary patrimony.

Today, the manuscripts are held in a dozen specially-prepared safe houses in Mali’s capital of Bamako, which were set up by Haidara with funding from several European countries, including Switzerland and Germany. Now that they’re safe, Haidara’s focus is digitizing and cataloging them, and fundraising for their eventual return to Timbuktu.

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Summertime - Billie Jean
May 16th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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Space Story
May 9th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin
May 6th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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Screenshot (3)
April 29th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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Kiss Billie Jean to Get Lucky
April 25th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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Geek Bus
April 22nd, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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