Below are links to interesting articles I found during the month of August 2018. An interesting theme appeared this month: libraries, book, and reading. There’s also a couple of spy stories and a republished cookbook that can teach you to cook like a suffragette! Enjoy.
While excavating in Cologne, the remains of the oldest public library in Germany were discovered in 2017. Initially unsure what had been uncovered, the realization that the niches were designed to hold scrolls led to identifying it as a library. I’ve been to Cologne twice, and always loved exploring the city…now there’s something new to see.
Think you know what a library should look like? Think again!
For something fun! Plenty of critters have found their way into libraries.
But that doesn’t stop patrons from acting like it is…
I love a good mystery so, although I’m sure I’d get quite agitated with the minimal clues some patrons give, I’d probably enjoy the hunt to find answers to the questions these librarians are asked.
Most of my life the majority of librarians I’ve known have been women. But in the mid- to late- 19th century, women were expected to stay home, and this article talks about the traumas that awaited women who worked in libraries.
The origin of the word “tacky”, how it came to define bad taste and why that word became associated with the fashion of the 1970s. I’m old enough to remember the 1970s…anyone else?
A dictionary deemed “subversive”? That’s what happened in 1961 with the release of Websters Third New International Dictionary. Read to find out what the kerfuffle was all about.
The photos they share are fascinating – take a look!
Would you rather have your books released as a serial, one “episode” at a time? That is a trend developing, and if it encourages people to read then I am fine with it. The author of the article, however, takes exception. I will add that some days I’m doing good to get one chapter read. Then there are the days when I have more time and get pulled into a book and read for hours. I would hate to lose the ability to do that.
Cookbook lovers take note: A cookbook released in 1915 to raise money for the suffragette movement has been reissued.
This is a long article, but I encourage you to take the time to read through it. It about much more than Little Women not being assigned reading anymore.
PBS has an initiative going on, “The Great American Read”, which released an alphabetical list of the 100 favorite works of fiction. What is interesting, according to this article from the Wall Street Journal, is that few works of what is often considered the height of American literature made the list. It seems, the article suggests, that Americans are more interested in reading a good story than what is considered “great” writing. (Note to self…make sure when I write I tell a good story!)
During WWII, spies sent to another country needed to blend in, and in a time before mass-produced clothes, each country, even each region, had their own way of making clothes. So Britain used clothing produced by refugees to meet the demand.
I enjoy puzzles, but breaking code is far above anything I can do. This is a fascinating look at the women involved in Cold War efforts to break codes and find Soviet spies. While many of the men involved have been profiled, the women have not. As the article notes, most of them never talked about the work they did.
I enjoy moving to different locations to write and have a bag set up with many of the tools I will need. Turns out, long before there were laptops and tablets, other writers had their own version of a mobile workspace.
As I writer, I want to think my work can make a difference, be it educating or entertaining. The article writer hopes that focusing on the opioid crisis in her crime fiction will bring attention and solutions for the drug problem devastating her home state (and the country).