Clippings

"Let no one say that I have said nothing new: the arrangement of the material is new." Blaise Pascal

March 4, 2014 at 10:19am
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Currently on repeat at my house.

Currently on repeat at my house.

February 25, 2014 at 11:05pm
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In honor of Rice University student James Ragan, who passed away last week, please watch his 2011 High School Graduation Speech (by lgathright1)

February 7, 2014 at 7:42am
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This advice is half-joking, but only half. For Auden is reminding his Harvard audience that all the official apparatus of the university is extraneous to its highest purpose, which is to cultivate freedom and inwardness. It is a message that still needs to be heard today, when the expense of higher education forces so many students to look at it as an investment, rather than an adventure.

— Adam Kirsch in A Poet’s Warning | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2007

February 6, 2014 at 10:23am
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Useful advice from Cornell historian Ed Baptist about how to read and understand the WPA Slave Narratives:

9:06am
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Mr. Hancock recounted, for example, one extraordinary moment in Stockholm in 1967, during a performance by the quintet. “This night was magical,” he remembered. “We were communicating almost telepathically, playing ‘So What’”—one of the group’s signature pieces. “Wayne [Shorter] had taken his solo. Miles was playing and building and building, and then I played the wrong chord. It was so, so wrong. In an instant, time stood still and I felt totally shattered. Miles took a breath. And then he played this phrase that made my chord right. It didn’t seem possible. I still don’t know how he did it. But Miles hadn’t heard it as a wrong chord—he took it as an unexpected chord. He didn’t judge what I played. To use a Buddhist turn of phrase, he turned poison into medicine.”

— The Genius of Miles - WSJ.com

February 5, 2014 at 10:53pm
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reblogged from appendixjournal
appendixjournal:

The Haitian Declaration of Independence disappeared in the 19th century and was considered lost for over a hundred years. This is the remarkable story of how it was found - as told by Julia Gaffield, who discovered it. 

appendixjournal:

The Haitian Declaration of Independence disappeared in the 19th century and was considered lost for over a hundred years. This is the remarkable story of how it was found - as told by Julia Gaffield, who discovered it. 

February 3, 2014 at 12:36pm
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reblogged from amandaonwriting

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.

— Flannery O’Connor (via amandaonwriting)

January 24, 2014 at 8:08pm
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Again and again, Word is defeated by the basic job of contemporary writing and editing: smoothly moving text back and forth among different platforms.

— Microsoft Word Is Cumbersome, Inefficient, and Obsolete. It’s Time for It To Die.

January 23, 2014 at 4:13pm
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Do digitized images carry ghosts? Is haunting doubled and complicated by the conversion of memory into property?

— "Slavery, memory, property" by John E. Drabinski

January 21, 2014 at 10:37am
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via @captain_primate

via @captain_primate

January 20, 2014 at 12:05pm
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Not always the case, but … (via xkcd: Automation)

Not always the case, but … (via xkcd: Automation)

January 10, 2014 at 10:07am
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Humanists and scientists alike, trained in the language of survey research, tend to ask of data sets: “Is it a representative sample?” I doubt there is a single dataset of interest to historians that is. But while attempting to normalize away the biases in a sample is the best scientific solution to the problem, the humanistic approach is to understand a source through its biases without expecting it to yield definitive results.

— Sapping Attention: Reading digital sources: a case study in ship’s logs

8:28am
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Twitter archive inside the Library of Congress (by Jason Cochran)

January 5, 2014 at 3:34pm
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Dolores Schwalb took care of over 50 physically and mentally disabled children over the course of her life. Dolores talks about her first child, who she took in at the age of 3 and still cares for today.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

January 4, 2014 at 12:28pm
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Anthony Grafton: The Future of History Books (by hnneditor)