1. What is your favorite "Stupid Lawyer" story?
Two picks here.
The funniest in its absurdity: The law prof who announced "I need this book. There are two libraries in the United States that have it, and I need it by tomorrow or Monday at the latest. Maybe you can just have them copy it and fax it over so I can have it now. It's not that long; it's only 68 pages." Obviously not a professor of copyright law.
The one I'm proudest of myself for handling (as pasted in from the day it happened):
came down from lunch in the break room to find a near-shouting match going on -- and my supervisor Chris was not doing the shouting.
We don't let people take drinks in the stacks. This is not unusual in libraries. We don't want our books damaged. We do have a way around the rule: You can buy an Emory spill-proof mug for five bucks and bring it in.
This lawyer was yelling at Chris because Chris wouldn't let him take his non-Emory mug in the stacks.
(Chris seems to get the brunt of this a lot. A few weeks back a bitchy evil woman cussed him out because he wouldn't let her bring her water bottle in.)
The guy starts carrying on that he wants to talk to the supervisor. Chris informs him that he is the supervisor. Well, Asshole wants to talk to his supervisor. Chris gives him her name and number. Asshole demands his name. Chris wants to know Asshole's name. "What do you need my name for?" Asshole snaps. Chris (who has remained admirably polite) says, "What do you need mine for? You're the one breaking the code of conduct."
The guy decides he's going to finish his coffee and take the empty mug upstairs. Chris tells him he can't do that. Asshole says someone will steal his mug. (Us, I guess.) At this point I spoke up and point-blank told the guy that we don't come into his place of business and tell him how to run it, so he shouldn't do the same to us.
Asshole Bastard starts carrying on about he's an alum and he gives A LOT of money to the university and should get to do what he wants.
He's upstairs. Chris is at lunch. I'm having trouble restraining myself from spitting in his mug.
I really want him to ask me for help with something so I can "You're an alum, you know how to do it."
2. What's your favorite bar in Atlanta, and why?
I don't get out enough... *sigh* I think I'll say the Highlander, because it's the one I've had the most fun at, and the food's great.
3. Do you see yourself staying in "Library Sciences" for any extended period of time, or are you just passing through?
The more I think about it, the more I feel that library science is where I'm supposed to be, at least until my writing career takes off. ;) The law library, however, is another matter... I like my job and my coworkers, but I don't intend to specialize in the law. Searching for cases just doesn't interest me enough.
4. So, you must have loved literature in order to have gone off to grad school to persue it. Do you still have that passion for literature, or has your grad school spoiled that?
Oh, I totally still have that passion for literature. And when I was working on literature in grad school, my work was still pretty passable. Theory is what really soured me, so now I enjoy reading what I want and not having to waste time on Foucault et al.
5. Who's your favorite ex and why?
Normally I would have answers for this question, because I've stayed friends (sometimes close friends) with several exes, but this week they're all pissing me off.