Note to self. #reminder #amypoehler #sgatp @amypoehlersmartgirls
New polling shows that the majority of Americans (nearly 70%), across party lines and geographic location, support legal abortion and do not want the government to restrict access to abortion. The majority of politicians who represent us however? Not so much. Let’s make it clear whose voices should really matter. H/t prochoiceamerica
In Looking for Alaska, celebrated YA author John Green’s 1st novel, he tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter who goes for the the Great Perhaps of boarding school. From there on, it becomes a less than conventional “coming of age” story. Teens expecting a travelogue realize that the sought after Alaska is Alaska Young, an enthralling yet tragic young woman. Establishing his reputation for…
on a scale of one to (500) days of summer how much do people completely misinterpret what you’re trying to say
romeo & juliet
The Great Gatsby
And we have a winner.
We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”
But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”
We love libraries!!
Jamie Lee Curtis can do anything…. write, act, parent, advocate, chew the scenery. Literally. In the under loved, A Fish Called Wanda, she writhes about chewing said scenery as John Cleese spouts Italian and later Russian. Our beauteous heroine, used only to the linguistic stylings of the the brutish Otto (a brilliantly cast Kevin Kline) is overwhelmed by the fluency of Cleese, resulting in the…
When we were kids, my presents were always the easy ones to find. Hard, rectangular and easy to stack — my stash of books increased with each holiday. My parents delighted in finding some Junior Illustrated Classic, I hadn’t yet discovered or the next volume in the Little House books… and once, I got all three Alcott books about the March family at once!
Knowing I would get books, making birthday…
Crafting an identity as an adventurous woman naturally led me to books…. and cue surprised face, yes? As I thought of women modeling strength, audacity and enough curiosity to power at least half the universe, of course, women like my much loved Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth I, Jeanne d”Arc, Maria Mitchell, Ida Tarbell, and Babe Zaharias (there is an excellent new biography — check it…
viα tenebrum: Thomas Ingoldsby ‘The Witches Frolic’ (with illustrations by Ernest M. Jessop) ‘The Ingoldsby Legends’ where written by the Clergyman Thomas Barham (1788-1845) under the pseudonym ‘Thomas Ingoldsby’, and originally published piecemeal in Bentleys Miscellany before being collected in book form in the early 1840s.
Warsaw uprising. 1 August 1944
During the two-month Polish army lost 16000 dead and missing, 20000 wounded and 15000 captured. As a result of air raids, artillery fire, severe living conditions and massacres arranged by German troops, they killed 150000 to 200000 civilian residents of the capital. HIGH-RES interactive version http://oldnewmaps.com/2014/08/01/warsaw-uprising-1-august-3-october-1944/
The First World War: A Global War
While it is called a ‘World War’, we sometimes forget the truly global nature of the conflict. The war spanned the continents, not only the fields of Flanders. Here are a few resources to understand the international conflict:
- Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East by Priya Satia
- The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism by Erez Manela
- The First World War in the Middle East by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen (A Hurst Publication)
- Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain, and Two World Wars by Jonathan F. Vance
- Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire by Joshua A. Sanborn
- A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland by Catriona Pennell
- Hitler’s First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War by Thomas Weber
- The First World War in Africa by Hew Strachan
- Regional Australia and the Great War: ‘The Boys from Old Kio’ by Philip Payton (Liverpool University Press)
- Empires at War: 1911-1923, Edited by Robert Gerwarth and Erez Manela
Find further resources from us here on Tumblr, at the First World War Centenary Hub on our UK website, World War I: Commemorating the Centennial on our US website, the University of Oxford First World War activities, the World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings resource center from the University of Oxford and JISC, Bodleian Libraries’ Oxford World War I Centenary Programme, and more to come throughout 2014.
What books would you add to a list of resources for studying the global nature of the First World War?
It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.
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