I used to be The Lesbrarian, and I lived at http://www.thelesbrarian.com, but I moved here because I didn’t feel like paying hosting fees. I am a definitely a librarian, but probably not a lesbian, but it would take forever for me to explain the nuances of my sexual identity so let’s just move along to the next paragraph.

My real name is Jessica Zellers. The “Jessica” part has grown on me, though I regrettably share it with a gajillion other girls of my generation. “Jess” is acceptable amongst friends and family. “Your majesty” is also acceptable.

My last name isn’t Kennedy-Rockefeller, but it should be. Alternately, it should begin with a C, so that I could have the same initials as Jesus: Jessica Hope C_____, Jesus H. Christ. See?

I’m a thirty-something white American female. I like to read. If you are the tiniest bit literate in English, this is immediately apparent from the must cursory inspection of my blog. My favorite book is by Fyodor Dostoevsky and it is called The Brothers Karamazov.

I wrote a book called Women’s Nonfiction: A Guide to Reading Interests (Libraries Unlimited, 2009). You want to buy a copy, truly you do, and while you’re at it you should stock up. These things make great stocking stuffers and birthday presents and “Hooray it’s Tuesday!” presents.

I’m something of an introvert, in the way that Julian of Norwich sort of kept to herself. I do like having other people around for good conversation, but allow me to clarify this: everyone claims to like good conversation, but I really, really mean it. Reading Russian novels makes me wistful. I think I was born in the wrong century and continent and probably sex. I missed my chance to hang with Turgenev’s Bazarov or Pasternak’s Zhivago. These fictional chaps spent their time talking books and politics with a small group of the intelligentsia. That’s what I want to do.

And it’s not just because I’m a super-nerd, though, let’s face it, I am and there’s no shame in it. I’m not a geek, not a dork, not a dweeb, but a nerd? If it hasn’t been written up in a peer-reviewed journal and debated at conference, I probably don’t want to talk about it– and couldn’t anyway.


The short version: I’m a liberal, registered as a Democrat.

The really short version: I don’t want people to suffer.

The long version: There is no party, no philosophy, that encompasses my complicated beliefs and values. I am an idealist– too much of an idealist. I am clear on how the world should be; I am not clear on how to get there. I’m great at theory, not so great at practice.

I make the classical mistake of the liberal: I try to solve problems by throwing money at them. I figure this is an acceptable sort of mistake. I would rather err on the side of too much compassion. If other people can figure out how to solve problems without wasting money, I am all for it.

Education, diplomacy, and civil discourse are the tools I prefer. Violence, war, terrorism, aggression, and intimidation should only be used as a last resort.

Formal Education:

BA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2003. Triple major in English, (Russian) History, and Women’s Studies.

Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina, 2005.


A peculiar version of pagan-influenced Christianity.

Identifying features:

  • Double-eighth note tattoo
  • Darth Maul tattoo (would have preferred Vader, but would have been less interesting to look at)
  • Nipple ring (you’ll have to take my word on this)

Things I like:

  • Playing the tuba
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Yoga
  • My two kitties, Goblin and Gremlin
  • Big honkin’ dogs
  • Dinosaurs
  • Most classical music, especially baroque
  • Other sorts of music, depending
  • Grammar
  • Logic puzzles
  • Coffee
  • Coffee-flavored anything
  • Ethnic food
  • Civil liberties
  • Snow, thunderstorms, and other inclement weather

Things I don’t like:

  • Teevee
  • Tornados
  • Olives
  • Crowds
  • Hot weather
  • Books of an inspirational, saccharine, or wholesome nature
  • A book called Dune, by Frank Herbert

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