List of Links for Curious Minds September 2018

List of Links September 2018

The 22-year-old Who Wrote Barack Obama’s Letters

Writing in someone else’s voice is a talent. When I first started my virtual assistant business, I did newsletters for a couple of clients and wrote much of the copy. I cannot imagine trying to do that for someone as well-known as the President, much less doing it at such a young age. I found this a fascinating story.

The Communist Cookbook That Defined Prague’ Cuisine 

I remember hearing about Prague in the 1990s and early 2000s as an inexpensive but cosmopolitan city, up-and-coming from it’s communist past. But I never heard anyone talk about the food there. Perhaps this article explains why.

The Wild Alaskan Island That Inspired a Lost Classic

One hundred years ago, Rockwell Kent and his son arrived in Alaska and settled in a cabin on a small, wooded island near Seward. A painter, Kent spent his nights writing letters that eventually become a book. If you are fascinated with life in the wilderness, take a look at the drawings and read the article. FYI – the island is still wooded but is partially owned by a tourism company that charges over $1200 for a night’s stay.

Building a Personality From 100-Year-Old Photographs

Writing fiction means creating characters. Each writer has their own method(s) for doing this, and using images from the period is one of them. Nuala O’Connor shares how photos helped her get into the personality of a known person who was in her fiction.

Nine “Striking” Facts About The History of The Typewriter 

I learned to type on a manual Underwood typewriter my mom had, then used electric typewriters for typing class in high school and a variety of jobs until personal computers took over. Though I’m quite happy to work on my laptop keyboard, there is nothing like typing on a typewriter keyboard. Here are some interesting facts about the history of the typewriter. I especially liked #4 – Mark Twain was the first writer to submit a manuscript that had been typed.

Enough With The Victors Writing History 

It was a frequent reminder in my university history classes (I was a history major after all): history is written by the victors. We may never be able to find the stories that were lost or pushed aside, but I believe it is important to at least question what is missing from the history books.

The Not-So-Hidden Racism of Nancy Drew

I have mentioned before how much I enjoyed reading the Nancy Drew series when I was growing up. This was the mid-to-late 1970s so the copies I read were the revised ones, where many of the people of color have been removed, and the one dominant one is the housekeeper. I don’t know that I found it odd when I read it because I knew families in my hometown in south Arkansas who did have an African-American housekeeper or cleaner. The overriding question, however, is what place do these books have in the world today? Do we make all versions available or not? Do we edit them again or leave them as a reflection of the time they were written in? There are no easy answers, but the questions are valid ones to consider.

18 of the World’s Most Striking Libraries, Illustrated

Would you even know these were libraries?

The Adventures of America’s Most Well-Traveled Bookstore

Not only do I think this is a wonderful idea to have a traveling library, but I may have added an item to my bucket list!

Why You Should Read This Article Slowly

While I love to get lost in a book, taking in every word on the pages, I also skim a lot. It can be helpful to quickly look at something and see if we want to engage with it further. However, how often do we really take the time to read slowly, to be sure we are getting all of the story?

14 Awesomely Disturbing Community Cookbooks

My mom had a couple of these, put together by the Women’s Group at a church. There were some good recipes in them, and I also remember a few that held strange names or seemed to be just wrong. This article brought back wonderful memories and quite a few laughs. Enjoy!

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