Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty


Ariel Birdoff is, indeed, nerdy, wordy, and over thirty. She is the author of pop-culture nerdy poetry book: NERD!VERSE, and is currently living the dream working as a School Outreach Librarian at the New York Public Library's MyLibraryNYC program. Ariel also freelances as an editor, proofreader, book reviewer, and organizer. When she is not busy working, she can be found making things out of yarn, binge watching television, reading copious amounts of YA literature, or referring to herself in the third person. 

Ariel is also the founder, singer, and manager of the wizard rock band Madam Pince and the Librarians. You can download much of their music for free. Stay tuned for a HufflePride music video produced by Dandy Decadence!

Besides Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty, Ariel writes for several other blogs:


Reader, I Married Him (explicit)

Hello, old friend. Life as an Outreach Librarian has been pretty busy lately, and I haven't had a chance to blog. That, and I recently got married.

Remember that guy Adam I met at Jewish Speed Dating a few years ago?
2012: The Good, The Bad, and the @#&$!: I did not know it at the time, but the Jewish boy I met at the speed-dating-event-I-went-to-only-to-please-my-mother, would soon find a place in my heart.  Adam and I really hit if off and have been together for several months now. In fact, we have just returned from our first vacation together, and I have a really good feeling about him.
Apparently it was a great feeling because I married him. (!!) Our ceremony and reception took place on May 15, 2016 at the Royalton Mansion in Roslyn Heights, NY. We had about 200 guests for a Reconstructionist ceremony, a pescatarian dinner, and a raging dance party. I know it sounds like your run of the mill fancy-pants Long Island Jewish Wedding... and it definitely was... but it was also the Geek Affair of the Century. With Funko Pops of Dumbledore, Locutus of Borg, and Dalek Sek, copies of all seven Harry Potter books, a TARDIS card box, a book cake, and hand crocheted Hufflepuff and Slytherin bride and groom cake toppers, it was certainly the nerdiest thing we'd done all year, and we attend NYComicCon.

Now, while getting married and being nerdy was certainly the focus of the event, I want to tell you about the lessons we learned while planning. Actually it's one big lesson. There are two very important words that go into planning and having a wedding. You might think they are: "I do," (which are very important, admittedly)  but they are actually: "FUCK IT". Seriously.

Society thinks you should have a certain weight of paper for your invitation? Fuck it. It's paper. Your florist tells you that the lavender flowers you ordered had to be sent back and replaced with different flowers at the last minute? Fuck it. They're flowers. The groom forgot his funky polka dot dress socks that we spent hours picking out? Fuck it. Borrow someone else's socks. These two happy words gave me and Adam one of the happiest days of our lives. Even when the wind gusts were so strong that we had to move our long-planned "secret garden" wedding indoors 20 minutes before go time. Fuck it.

So, while "fuck it" was definitely our mantra for the entire event, what we really meant was "As long as we get married today, it will have been perfect." So, I guess "I do" really are the two most important words after all. And here I am writing this whole thing... fuck it.  

Madam Pince's Top 10 YA Books of 2015 (so far, anyway)

2015 has been a fantastic year for young adult literature. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading my way through historical fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, graphic novels, and more. While the year is certainly not over, I feel the need to share these exquisite examples of wonderful YA literature.

In no particular order, I give you:

Madam Pince's Top 10 YA Books of 2015

(so far, anyway)

Happy Pride Nation Wide!

In the wake of all the crap that can sometimes be the United States, today I can say that I am DAMN proud to be an American. You guys, I think we did something right! The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of love and marriage for all its citizens. 

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the majority opinion with heartfelt words:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
As well it should. I am amazed it took us this long to get here, but I am so glad we finally made it. 

Before I leave (to go find rainbow things to wear and then go dance in the streets), I want to remember a night not too long ago, when my state (New York) legalized same-sex marriage.  When I heard the wonderful news that night, I began to cry: big, happy tears. A few of the people that I was with asked me why I was so happy. "Are  you gay?" they wondered. As if, only someone who was gay should be this happy about a couple's right to marriage. I responded to their asinine question with a glare, and continued celebrating. What I now realize I should have said, when they asked me if the reason I was so happy was because I was gay, my response should have been: "It doesn't matter. I'm human."

LGBT rights are not solely an LGBT issue. These rights, as with ALL civil rights, are HUMAN rights. The oppressed should never stand alone. Stand for yourself. Stand with others. Stand for the citizens of the world who have a right to be themselves safely and happily. 

"If I am not for me, who will be?
If I am only for me, who am I?
If not now, when?"
-Rabbi Hillel 

Master of My Own Domain

Well, Internet, I purchased my own domain. All the recent shenanigans of the wrong (or perhaps right) people getting a hold of other people's domains, have inspired me to purchase my own. Behold: Isn't she beautiful?