Kara B. (a.k.a. Bollywood Blogger Filmi Girl) and I have been friends since we attended college together at Berklee back in the early part of the millennium. We were in several bands together, and we have stayed friends for the past decade plus.
Fast forward to 2013.
This morning, Kara B. granted me this interview about the effects of the government shutdown on a federal librarian working in our nation’s capital.
KB: There was a very strange mood in the city yesterday. Many employees were required to go into work for a few hours in the morning in order to shutdown their offices and when I went out for a walk around lunch time I saw a lot of aimless looking people in suits. Rush hour on the subway in the evening was eerily quiet.
KB: Because my family and friends are in similar situations, we’re going to try and get through it together. I spent yesterday afternoon having coffee with a furloughed friend from IRS and today my father, who is also furloughed, and I are going on a little day trip to Southern Virginia. I plan to spend as much time away from my computer and the television and the news as possible.
KB: Unfortunately I was too busy on Monday to assemble a reading list of work-related books to check out but I may use the time to catch up on the stack of books on my bedside table, which includes:
- It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism by Mann and Ornstein
- The Smartest Kids in the World And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
- Searching for Icons in Russia by Vladimir Alekseevich Soloukhin