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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I will be starting my new job as a children’s librarian next month, and my question is, how do you remain super fantastic while dealing with grubby little hands, gluesticks, crayons, and puppet shows?


Manolo says, back in the day, the stereotype of the librarian was of the humorless crone with the hair-trigger “Shsssssss”.

After that, it was the secretly hot librarian lady, the one who (from the lofty perch of her library ladder) removed her cat-eye glasses and let her auburn hair cascade down, forcing you to shout ,“Why Miss Yamamoto, you’re beautiful!”

Now, the librarians compete with each other to be the hippest young “information specialist” in the main branch, the one with the dreadlocks, the radical politics, and the uncanny ability to access arcane databases on remote servers in Tajikistan.

Through out this, though, it was the children’s librarian who remained the unwavering constant, the always cheerful, always helpful director of enthusiasms, soother of emotions, reader of Seuss, ever ready with the scotch tape and the antiseptic wipes.

Truly, this is the noblest of professions!

The Manolo recommends the Ollie by Helle, the wedge-heel mary-jane that is comfortable and fun.

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11 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Victor August 31, 2007 at 8:57 am #

    I can think of no way of saying this without it sounding wrong, but those are like the mullets of shoes! Plain mary-janes always look like not-sexy, sensible shoes, and that’s what these look like from the front…but the 2.5-inch wedge heel will bring out the muscles (and therefore, the sexy!) in your legs. In other words: Business up front and party in the back!

    Absolutely perfect for a librarian. This is a fabulous find, sir!

  2. Bridey August 31, 2007 at 10:06 am #

    Wow — that take on librarian evolution nearly made me spill my coffee. Hilarious, and dead on!

    And very cool shoes, too.

  3. Glinda August 31, 2007 at 10:25 am #

    How much do I love that Thomas Dolby reference?

  4. Poochie August 31, 2007 at 11:30 am #

    I think something in patent might be good to. You know, so you can wipe stuff off and not worry as much about spills!


  5. Poochie August 31, 2007 at 11:31 am #

    I think something in patent might be good too. You know, so you can wipe stuff off and not worry as much about spills!


  6. Carmi August 31, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    You are one of the sharpest-writing bloggers I’ve ever had the privilege to read. I followed your link home from Michele’s, but I’ll be back on my own.

    I’ve always had a thing for librarians, too. Go figure; I ended up marrying a teacher!

  7. Noga August 31, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Miss Yamamoto had “auburn hair” ?? What an intriguing combination. Did she look like this beauty?


  8. Cynthia August 31, 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    Clearly the Manolo doesn’t understand what the children’s librarian will be earning….

  9. Meg Q September 1, 2007 at 12:11 am #

    “Why Miss Yamamoto, you’re beautiful!”

    Only one of my favorite songs ever.

    Even (especially) children’s librarians need at least two good-quality pairs of durable and good-looking footwear for the daily grind . . . Birkenstocks do not count, not even with socks.

  10. Christine September 2, 2007 at 4:20 pm #

    A little time out for the Manolo