Clippings

Oct 10

"What is life or rest to me! So long as I have a commission direct from God Almighty to act against slavery!" John Brown (from antislavery broadsides posted by Boston Public Library)

"What is life or rest to me! So long as I have a commission direct from God Almighty to act against slavery!" John Brown (from antislavery broadsides posted by Boston Public Library)

Aug 08

(via Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading)

(via Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading)

Aug 04

“Understanding the past does not ensure understanding of the present. Rather, it triggers informed questions and hypotheses that only a careful exploration of the contemporary world can resolve. Conversely, contemporary concerns may inform valuable questions and hypotheses about the past, which only careful exploration of the past may unravel.” — Veronica Boix Mansilla, “Historical Understanding: Beyond the Past and into the Present,” in Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives, ed. Stearns, Seixas and Wineburg, p. 413

Aug 01

Software, It’s a Thing — Medium -

Software, It’s a Thing — Medium (via instapaper)

Jul 29

“My research needed to be like an undergarment in the days before people started showing off their boxers and their bra straps. I didn’t want any of it to show through.” — Lily King in That Would Make a Good Novel - NYTimes.com

Jul 16

Currently listening to a forgotten classic.

Currently listening to a forgotten classic.

“… we need to remember that the role of the academic humanist has always been a public one—however mediated through teaching and publication. By building blogging, and twitter, flickr, and shared libraries in Zotero, in to our research programmes—into the way we work anyway—we both get more research done, and build a community of engaged readers for the work itself. We can do what we have always done, but do it better; as a public performance, in dialog amongst ourselves, and with a wider public.” — Tim Hitchcock in Historyonics: Doing it in public: Impact, blogging, social media and the academy

Jul 15

Vacation Readers Have More Fun than Anyone (via Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading | Brain Pickings)

Vacation Readers Have More Fun than Anyone (via Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading | Brain Pickings)

Jul 14

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May 27

“It seems quaint to think of Popovich, with his acerbic wit and his suffer-no-fools demeanor, coaching at Pomona-Pitzer, preparing his group of Sagehens — their gym is known as the Hen House — for battle against the Poets (Whittier College), the Stags (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) or the Kingsmen (Cal Lutheran).” — Revered in N.B.A., Spurs’ Leader Remembers His California Ties - NYTimes.com

Apr 30

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“I have said nothing as yet, with regard to the crying injustice which every court in Texas from 1865 to 1869 have perpetrated upon the colored man, but as the facts come to my knowledge, I make a note of it, and I believe, in a short time, some who “now walk in high places,” will acknowledge they pandered too much to the antipathies of communities. In my opinion, white men could not be convicted, in any county of Texas, for the crimes that a great majority of the colored men now here, are undergoing sentence. I have no power of commutation or reprieve, but had the good men in this place of punishment justice, they would not be here now.” — Letter from A. J. Bennett, Superintendent of Texas State Penitentiary, to Texas Governor E. J. Davis, October 30, 1870, http://wcaleb.rice.edu/omeka/items/show/180

Apr 27

explore-blog:

What an amazing story: Beloved children’s book illustrator Eric Carle spent his life fascinated by a photograph of him at age 3, embracing a little girl whose name he never found out. His most recent book, Friends, was inspired by that enchanting and mysterious photograph. Now, 82 years later, Carl and his little friend were reunited.

On Easter Sunday, almost 82 years after the photograph was taken, Eric Carle learned his friend was not only alive. She was ready for his call. Her name is Florence Ciani Trovato; at 85, she’s a few months older than Eric, and shares his vibrancy. 

Read the full story here, and treat yourself to his wonderful Friends.

explore-blog:

What an amazing story: Beloved children’s book illustrator Eric Carle spent his life fascinated by a photograph of him at age 3, embracing a little girl whose name he never found out. His most recent book, Friends, was inspired by that enchanting and mysterious photograph. Now, 82 years later, Carl and his little friend were reunited.

On Easter Sunday, almost 82 years after the photograph was taken, Eric Carle learned his friend was not only alive. She was ready for his call. Her name is Florence Ciani Trovato; at 85, she’s a few months older than Eric, and shares his vibrancy. 

Read the full story here, and treat yourself to his wonderful Friends.

(Source: explore-blog)

Apr 18

Collection of Postcard Greetings from Houston, Texas  (by Boston Public Library)

Collection of Postcard Greetings from Houston, Texas (by Boston Public Library)

(via Texas Slave Narratives | Ben Davis)

(via Texas Slave Narratives | Ben Davis)