Tag Archives: literature

How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

1 Jul

Historian Joseph Loconte reminds us of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago–and its effects on British officer J.R.R. Tolkien: How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front – The New York Times

The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting

9 May

Did you know that women used to have a recognizable “style” of writing? (See above.) Some fascinating historical perspective on handwriting is provided by Cara Giaimo at Atlas Obscura: The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting | Atlas Obscura

I Will Love You in the Summertime – Christian Wiman

3 May

Here’s an obvious truth: I am somewhat ambivalent about religion—and not simply the institutional manifestations, which even a saint could hate, but sometimes, too many times, all of it, the very meat of it, the whole goddamned shebang. Here’s another: I believe that the question of faith—which is ultimately separable from the question of “religion”—is the single most important question that any person asks in and of her life, and that every life is an answer to this question, whether she has addressed it consciously or not.

So observes Christian Wiman in a profound essay on faith, poetry, children, etc. at: The American Scholar: I Will Love You in the Summertime – Christian Wiman

The Revenant, Manfred, and Forgiveness

19 Feb

 

Friend Jim Schaap (a Manfred expert) writes:

I hope you’ll agree there is some beauty in this image, an elegance to what Emerson called snow’s “frolic architecture,” something dazzling or graceful in its loveliness. That having been said, no one would really want to be here. It’s ten below. Even a buffalo would move south. The Revenant is a film-making masterpiece that’s both beautiful and just plain awful … Read More

Source: The Revenant, Manfred, and Forgiveness – THE TWELVE

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

8 Jan

New York Public Library is proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!

Source: Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | The New York Public Library

On Frederick Manfred and the new film “The Revenant”

14 Dec

New Leonardo DiCaprio movie tells tale of South Dakota bear attack without late author Frederick Manfred’s ‘Lord Grizzly’ perspective.

Source: Whitney: How Hollywood left Frederick Manfred behind

Linguistic Anarchy! It’s all Pun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Sign

27 Oct

Chi Luu at JSTOR Daily provides a fascinating and concise discussion of puns. Upun my word, I feel better for having read this … Linguistic Anarchy! It’s all Pun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Sign | JSTOR Daily

On Libraries and Other Things: A Conversation in Iowa by Barack Obama and Marilynne Robinson

12 Oct

The President: And how do you think you ended up thinking about democracy, writing, faith the way you do? How did that experience of growing up in a pretty small place in Idaho, which might have led you in an entirely different direction—how did you end up here, Marilynne? What happened? Was it libraries?

Robinson: It was libraries, it was—people are so complicated. It’s like every new person is a completely new roll of the dice, right?

Read the entire fascinating conversation in Des Moines between POTUS and Marilynne Robinson here: President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa by Barack Obama and Marilynne Robinson | The New York Review of Books

Finding Solace in the Midwest Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be

4 Apr

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Historian Jon Lauck makes a fascinating re-examination of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio and Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street. Are they really books that sustain the popular image of the Midwest as boring and backward? Lauck thinks not: Flyover Country ReviewFinding Solace in the Midwest Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be – Flyover Country Review.

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Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

29 Jan

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book series is fiction … but, there is history behind them. Wilder’s memoir is finally out, but getting a copy of it has been difficult … as this NPR story makes clear: ‘Little House,’ Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder : NPR.

(For your information, our library’s copy of the memoir arrived this week. ALSO, the cover art is by Orange City artist Judy Thompson!)

Exploring the Past

Reading, Thinking, and Blogging about History

Enough Light

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blaise Pascal

Lenten Lamentations

Preparing to Participate in God's Mosaic Kingdom

The Text Message

Discoveries from processing and reference archivists on the job

john pavlovitz

Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

The Way of Improvement Leads Home

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

the way of improvement leads home

reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

The Pietist Schoolman

The website and blog of historian Chris Gehrz

Reformed Journal: The Twelve

Reformed. Done Daily.

i-history

by Alex Scarfe

blogwestdotorg.wordpress.com/

Thoughtful Conversation about the American West

Northwest History

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

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