Historian John Turner reviews a book by Samuel Redman: Bone Rooms. It is gristly material that we need to hear about how we non-Indians have so cavalierly treated Indian bodies. Read the entire piece here at The Anxious Bench: The Desecration of Indian Corpses
What becomes of the public when truth becomes just another consumer preference? Historian Daniel T. Rogers offers some sobering analysis and perspective in this fine essay at The Chronicle of Higher Education: When Truth Becomes a Commodity – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Kevin Starr entered this world in 1940 in a rare fraternity — a fourth-generation Californian whose family’s roots dated back to the Gold Rush era. His work as a historian of California helped shape my own work in California religious history. He was a devout Catholic. And, he and I attended library school together! May he rest in peace now: Kevin Starr, author of California histories and former state librarian, dies at 76 – LA Times
Of all the good books I received as Christmas gifts this year, one has captured my heart: You Could Look It Up: The Reference Shelf from Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia (Bloomsbury, 2016). I realize it’s hard to imagine a geekier volume than a history of reference books. Oh, but open the cover and frolic with me in the playground of … Read More
Read the rest of Debra Reinstra’s delightful book review here at The Twelve: The Call of the Library – THE TWELVE
At Atlas Obscura, Lauren Young enlightens us about wig snatchers: The Elaborate Wig-Snatching Schemes of the 18th Century | Atlas Obscura
A short film about how the Iñupiat people and the company E-Line are teaming up to pass tribal history down to the tech-savvy generation.
Here’s a taste of Geoff Dyer’s fascinating essay:
Without Walker Evans to remind them of how things once were, swaths of America would not know that there was more to their ancestral world than Bed Bath & Beyond. Evans’s work is stamped, always, by his capacity to rigorously absent himself from the records he created. This may be why James Agee, in his famous collaboration with Evans, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” likened the camera “to unassisted and weaponless consciousness.” Paradoxically, the effect of Evans’s scrupulous mastery is sometimes achieved by the artlessness of the amateur. Hence the magic of — and meaning buried within — the term “found photographs.” In them, the nonhuman finds expression and achieves documentation.