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Every Detail visits the New York Public Library

Libraries rule. Every Detail is a wonderful series.
Tags: Video, News, New York Public Library


Photography and sex in Amos Badertscher’s Baltimore

The Baltimore photographer Amos Badertscher has been cataloguing queer lives in his city since the 1960s: male sex workers and their girlfriends, the 1990s Baltimore and Washington club culture, transgender people, crack and heroin addiction, and the impact of AIDS. His is the largest extant photographic record of the short lives of hustlers (male sex workers) that I know of. Though he could by no means be described as famous, Badertscher enjoyed a brief period of academic notice with the public...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, New York, Featured, Washington, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Nikon, New York Public Library, Baltimore, Amos, 1990s, History Center, University of Chicago Library


George Orwell’s Essay “British Cookery” is Officially Published 70 Years After It Was Rejected by the British Council (1946)

Image by BBC, via Wikimedia Commons Voltaire once joked that Britain had “a hundred religions and only one sauce.” In my experience, that sauce is a curry, which was already a British staple in Voltaire’s time. No doubt he had something much blander in mind. Of course, it’s all hyperbolic fun until someone takes offense, as did George Orwell in 1946, when he wrote, against Voltairean stereotypes, about the misunderstood pleasures of British food. His essay, “British Cookery," was commissioned b...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Bbc, Britain, Daily Mail, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Yorkshire, Literature, Council, New York Public Library, Orwell, Facebook Twitter, Voltaire, Josh Jones


Treasures From The World’s Largest Archive Of Dance Materials

That would be none other than the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. “It regularly films dance productions in the city, preserving the present for the future; it aims to have a copy of every dance book ever published; it possesses treasures going back centuries. And its doors are open to the public as well as to specialist researchers.” Alastair Macaulay looks at a few of its gems, from a 1453 treatise to 1933 films of Balinese dance. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, World, Dance, New York Public Library, Alastair Macaulay, 02.07.19


Watch a New Virtual Reality Production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet: A Modern Take on a Classic Play

Often compared to The Tempest, Samuel Beckett's Endgame may have as much of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in it, though the author was unwilling to acknowledge the influence to Theodor Adorno. Beckett's central character, the blind, aged Hamm, spends all of his time in a throne haranguing the other three, in a gloomy place, The New York Times’ Brooks Atkinson wrote, “somewhere between life and death.” Hamm might have been the Danish prince grown old and bitter, left with nothing but what Beckett ...
Tags: Google, Technology, Youtube, College, Boston, Theatre, New York Times, Literature, Pbs, Shakespeare, Hamlet, New York Public Library, Samuel Beckett, HARRIS, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


NYPL's Chief Digital Officer Says Public is Better off When Libraries Are 'Risk Averse' About Tech

New York Public Library's Tony Ageh was recently in Seattle to talk about libraries' digital transformation. Ageh made the point that tech now permeates pretty much all of a library's operations, from ebooks and article databases, to systems for checking out materials and tracking fines. Still, don't look for your library to be on the bleeding edge of digital. From a report: "What I previously imagined was a weakness I think is a strength, which is that libraries have been very reluctant to mov...
Tags: Tech, Nypl, Seattle, New York Public Library, Tony Ageh, Ageh, BBC British Broadcasting Corporation


The New York Public Library Released an Insta Novel of A Christmas Carol

The New York Public Library is marking the 175th anniversary of the first release of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Wednesday with the debut of a new Insta Novel. The NYPL teamed up with New York agency Mother in August to begin posting Insta Novels--which combine text with visual elements and Instagram functionality--on the library's...
Tags: New York, Advertising, Nypl, Charles Dickens, New York Public Library, Social Pro Daily, New York Public Library Released an Insta Novel


“Working” by Robert Caro

Robert Caro, author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson, is coming out with a memoir called “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing” that provides a behind-the-scenes look at his brilliant writing career. For the first time in his long career, Robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these evocatively written, personal pieces. He describes what it was like to interview the mighty Robert Moses; what it felt like to begin discovering the extent of the po...
Tags: New York Public Library, Moses, Jason Kottke, Austin Texas, Lyndon Johnson, LBJ, Robert Moses, Robert Caro, Lady Bird Johnson, Lyndon B Johnson Library and Museum, Moses Cross Bronx Expressway, Frederick Lewis Allen Room


New York Today: N.Y. Today: Hate Your Commute? Your Boss Might Hate It, Too

Workers’ commuting problems are causing companies to consider locating elsewhere. Also: Rage-tweet us your subway horror stories.
Tags: News, New York City, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Transit Systems, Libraries and Librarians, Stations and Terminals (Passenger


International Contemporary Ensemble: Julia Bullock in "Perle Noire" Jan. 16 & 17

Julia Bullock International Contemporary Ensemble New York, NY (December 12, 2018) — The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) announces their spring 2019 season concerts. Engagements this spring include performances of Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire: Meditations For Joséphine featuring rising soprano Julia Bullock at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller Theatre Composer Portraits of Wang Lu and Tyshawn Sorey, three performances at the 2019 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, and...
Tags: Religion, The New York Times, Michael Schumacher, New York Public Library, Elizabeth, Knoxville, Josephine, Great Hall, Peter Sellars, Claudia Rankine, Julia Bullock, William J Zick, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Josephine Baker, Nokia Bell Labs, Tyshawn Sorey


Maimonides: Patron saint of venture capitalism

Maimonides: Patron saint of venture capitalism A Hanukkah meditation. Suppose you were to stand, clipboard in hand, in the vestibule of your public library and ask the panoply of patrons who pass by to name a fictional character that captures the essence of capitalism. Chances are, the characters mentioned most often would be miserly or unscrupulous, like Dickens’ unredeemed Scrooge, or Gordon (“Greed is good!”) Gecko from the movie Wall Street. While capi...
Tags: Washington, Religion, United States, New York Public Library, Anderson, Pittsburgh, Dickens, Gordon, Carnegie, Allegheny, Eureka California, Kaufmann, Andrew Carnegie, James Boswell, Palestine Texas, Maimonides


On the Town and the long march for civil rights in performance

Happy Hanukkah from OUP! This year we’re celebrating with a series of eight books celebrating Jewish history and culture over the eight nights of Hanukkah. As your menorah candles burn bright, take this opportunity to honour both the endurance of the Maccabees and the Jewish people.In this blog post, Carol J. Ola, author of Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, discusses how Leonard Bernstein and the creative artists of the musical On the Town used their hiring decisions ...
Tags: Books, Music, Japan, New York, Featured, New York City, US, Fbi, Chicago, United States, Second world war, Broadway, Lincoln Center, West Coast, Library Of Congress, New York Public Library


Pre-Committing and The Public Library

This being Giving Tuesday, I thought it was appropriate to write up something up about a non-profit I think is worth supporting: Your local library. As always, if you enjoy these posts please sign up for my email to not miss any posts and always feel free to share with friends. Thanks. At the beginning of the year I decided I was going to try to read more books this year. I don’t remember it was a resolution or what, but I set a goal of thirty and set on my way, tracking everything on (which h...
Tags: Books, Kindle, Uncategorized, Seo, Library, Netflix, Behavioral Economics, New York Public Library, Libby, Public Library, Odysseus, Goodreads, Brooklyn Public Library, Laibson, Harvard Magazine, New York Public


Two Cats Keep Trying to Get Into a Japanese Art Museum … and Keep Getting Turned Away: Meet the Thwarted Felines, Ken-chan and Go-chan

Paging director Hayao Miyazaki. A compelling subject for a feature length animation is hanging around the sliding glass doors of Hiroshima Prefecture’s Onomichi City Museum of Art. In June of 2016, a black tomcat started showing up at the museum on the regular, for reasons unknown. Those open to the sort of narrative whimsy at which Miyazaki excels might choose to believe that the beast was drawn by a cat-themed exhibit of work by noted wildlife photographer and filmmaker Mitsuaki Iw...
Tags: Google, Art, Comedy, NYC, College, Life, Boston, Museums, New York Public Library, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Public Garden, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture


"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - November 20th

For the eleventh straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily. Daily updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these. Today's Updates to the Online "Best of 2018" Book Lists: Arcadia on Books (best books) Atlanta Journal-Constitution (cookbooks) Atticus Rev...
Tags: Music, David, New York Times, New York Public Library, Arcadia, Booklist, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kirkus Reviews, Inc, Smithsonian Magazine, Regina Leader Post


critic’s pick: She Needed No Camera to Make the First Book of Photographs

The British botanist Anna Atkins published her evocative cyanotypes of algae and seaweed 175 years ago. Now, the New York Public Library is celebrating her innovation.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Atkins, Anna, New York Public Library, Anna Atkins, Talbot, William Henry Fox


To New York from Seattle on the Occasion of Your Engagement to Amazon

Hey New York, We get it, this is a little awkward. We’ve been with Amazon for how long now? A long time, we guess we’re Amazon’s first. Please don’t take that bragging or undermining your relationship — we promise you, it’s water under the bridge.  We’ve been trying to manage our relationship with Amazon for some time now. So for very selfish reasons, we’re glad Amazon has found someone new.  We get that we’re in an open relationship, but honestly, we’re hoping once Amazon has  settled in with y...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Seattle, New York Public Library, Amazon Please, Richie Rich


Download Digitized Copies of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, the Pre-Civil Rights Guide to Traveling Safely in the U.S. (1936-66)

As an American living outside America, I'm often asked how best to see my homeland by people wanting to visit it. I always suggest the same method: road-tripping, preferably across the entire continent — a way of experiencing the U.S. of A guaranteed to at once to confirm and shatter the visitor's pre-existing perceptions of the country. But even under the best possible conditions, such road trips have their arduous stretches and even their dangers, a fact understood by nobody better than by th...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Books, College, America, History, Nypl, Vox, Martin Luther King, New York Public Library, Seoul, Jim Crow, Deep South, Academia, Facebook Twitter


Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” Gets Released on Instagram as a Digital “Insta Novel”: It’s Free from The New York Public Library

Back in August, we highlighted a new initiative by the New York Public Library. An institution that's hip with our times, the NYPL released on Instagram a digital version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in the Halloween spirit, comes a digital adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale, "The Raven." They write: "The Raven" includes a unique series of animations produced by Psyop and Studio AKA that takes readers on an ominous procession through a stark psychological ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, College, Edgar Allan Poe, Digital, Nypl, Libraries, Literature, Lewis Carroll, New York Public Library, E-books, Alice, Poe, Facebook Twitter, Gustave Doré


RIP Todd Bol, Founder of the Little Free Library Movement: He Leaves Behind 75,000 Small Libraries That Promote Reading Worldwide

"The Little Free Library: Billions and billions read." In the 2013 Ted-X talk above, Todd Bol, founder of the Little Free Library movement, expressed the desire that one day, he might be able to boast that his labor of love had surpassed McDonalds with regard to the number of customers’ served. It's closing in... ( = || []).push({}); Bol, who passed away earlier this month, was inspired by Andrew Carnegie's mission of repaying his own good fortune...
Tags: Google, Books, Bruce Springsteen, College, Life, America, Indianapolis, K-12, Libraries, Literature, Mcdonalds, Matt Groening, Detroit, New York Public Library, Alexandria, Facebook Twitter


A Week In New York City On A $45,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.Today: a brand coordinator working in fashion who makes $45,000 per year and spends some of her money this week o...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, New York, Mississippi, Boston, New York City, Nypl, Lil Wayne, New York Public Library, Sri Lanka, Lykke Li, Stella, Chinatown, Bay Area, Bushwick


5,000 people, two tonnes of blood: artwork shines light on refugee crisis

Marc Quinn hopes world’s ‘first migrating artwork’ will raise $30m for charitiesFor Aghiad Malik, a refugee from Syria, blood had only ever symbolised one thing: death. “It was a nightmare, seeing red on the streets,” he says. “Even to think about blood was horrific.”But soon it will have another meaning. He is one of around 5,000 people whose blood will be used to create Odyssey, a new work by British artist Marc Quinn that will be displayed outside the New York Public Library from next Septemb...
Tags: New York, World news, US news, Syria, Culture, Art and design, Migration, Refugees, New York Public Library, Marc Quinn, Aghiad Malik


Tonnes of blood: artist seeks to draw world back to refugee crisis

Marc Quinn hopes ‘first migrating artwork’ will also raise $30m for charitiesFor Aghiad Malik, a refugee from Syria, blood had only ever symbolised one thing: death. “It was a nightmare, seeing red on the streets,” he says. “Even to think about blood was horrific.”But soon it will have another meaning. He is one of around 5,000 people whose blood will be used to create Odyssey, a new work by British artist Marc Quinn that will be displayed outside the New York Public Library from next September ...
Tags: New York, World news, US news, Syria, Culture, Art and design, Migration, Refugees, New York Public Library, Marc Quinn, Aghiad Malik


MIT announces new college of computing with $1 billion commitment

MIT announced today that it is massively doubling down on the future of computer science with the launch of a new college of computing. The university is committing $1 billion in resources to the new school, and the university received a $350 million donation from Stephen A. Schwarzman, who will be the naming donor. MIT said that its commitment is the largest of a university yet to the discipline. The university is already one of the leaders in computer science, with a famed department located i...
Tags: Education, China, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Harvard, United States, Universities, Computer Science, New York Public Library, Philanthropy, Blackstone, Carnegie Mellon, Yale University, Institute, Bryant Park


Need a Handbag or a Tie to Land Your First Job? Borrow One With a Library Card

A new program at the New York Public Library lets job-seekers — particularly teenagers and young adults — check out accessories to wear to interviews.
Tags: News, New York Public Library, Hiring and Promotion, Michelle Lee, Teenagers and Adolescence, Libraries and Librarians


NYC library turns Instagram into ebook reader for ‘Alice in Wonderland’

From the story: Quote: In an effort to broaden libraries‘ appeal among social media users, the New York Public Library today unveiled an unusual but ingenious use of Instagram. It’s turning full-length novels into ebooks that can be read with Instagram’s Instant Stories feature. The initiative was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which notes that the library aims to promote reading while adapting to modern trends. In effect, Instagram’s visually focused social media network is being...
Tags: Books, News, Instagram, Lewis Carroll, New York Public Library, Wall Street Journal, Alice, Franz Kafka, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, New York Public Library s Instagram


Can ‘Insta Novels’ Get Young People Excited About Literature?

“[The New York Public Library] will be releasing digitized versions of classic novels, novellas, and short stories on their Instagram account, @nypl, through the ‘Stories’ and ‘Highlights’ features. … The campaign started with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which released with 200 pages distributed over the course of two days. Forthcoming titles include The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.”
Tags: Art, Words, Lewis Carroll, New York Public Library, Alice, Audience, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 09.25.18


This Side of Paradise —Looking Back, A Century Later

F Scott Fitzgerald wrote the following words in This Side of Paradise approximately a hundred years ago.“He fancied that in a hundred years he would like having young people speculate on whether his eyes were brown or blue.”While speculation on the eye color of Amory Blaine, Fitzgerald’s protagonist, may not currently be top of mind, the author himself, as well as his debut novel, most assuredly are. Recently, I led a discussion of the book in the leafy summer Reading Room of Bryant Park, behind...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, America, Manhattan, New York Public Library, Princeton, Zelda, Eleanor, Bloomberg News, Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald, Bryant Park, Rosalind, Wikimedia Commons, St Patrick


If You Have A New York Public Library Card, You Can Now Borrow Ties And Handbags

The New York Public Library's Riverside branch, located on the West side of Manhattan, is testing a pilot program that lends out ties, briefcases and handbags to those going on job interviews.(Image credit: Courtesy of New York Public Library)
Tags: News, Manhattan, New York Public Library, Riverside, New York Public Library Card


You can check out neckties, briefcases, and handbags from the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library's Riverside branch invites you to check out a necktie, briefcase, or handbag suited for a "job interview, wedding, audition, graduation, prom, or other formal event." It's part of their NYPL Grow Up initiative. From the NYPL: Adults and teens who have low fines (less than $15) or no fines on their library cards can borrow items for a one-time, three-week lending period. We also have information sheets on job interview tips, free career resources and suggested book...
Tags: Post, Jobs, News, Interviews, Clothing, Libraries, Working, New York Public Library, Riverside, Attire