Saturday Reading

Little free library.
NaBloPoMo is over for a while. I’ve still got my Saturday Evening Posts for you, though!

  • The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector. Holy cow, this auction sounds amazing. Includes:
    • 10 letters from George Washington, “manuscripts by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, James Madison, James Monroe, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur and Ronald Reagan,”
    • “manuscripts by Samuel Clemens, Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, T.E. Lawrence, Hans Christian Andersen, Gustave Flaubert and Karl Marx,”
    • “a rare two-page manuscript Ludwig von Beethoven on the subject of his Ninth Symphony [!!!!!]. Manuscripts by Johannes Brahms, Anton Dvorak, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, John Lennon, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Giacomo Puccini, Robert Schumann, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Richard Wagner.”

    And there’s so. much. more. Why are these things not going to some museum?

  • Ecouterre, Saught Upcycles Cambodian Landmines Into Hauntingly Beautiful Jewelry. Wow. This is really interesting stuff.
  • NPR, Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Picks For The Omnivorous Reader. Book-gift ideas, from one who knows what she’s talking about.
  • Law Librarian Blog, Should Law Schools Form Cooperative Online Classes? This could be something quite progressive and beneficial to students; like the blog post author, however, I doubt law schools would be moving on anything like this anytime soon. Maybe they should, though.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog, MOOCs—Implications for Higher Education—Posner, and its companion piece, The Becker-Posner Blog, Online Courses and the Future of Higher Education-Becker. I am not even involved in the thick of these things, and I’m already sick of the term “MOOC.”
  • GigaOM, Facebook opens the door to how it organizes your newsfeed. Why, oh why, in the name of all that is good, can’t they just organize my freakin’ newsfeed in reverse chronological order? And not drop anything from anybody, regardless of how unimportant Facebook judges them to be? Wouldn’t that be easier for everybody? All you people who have thousands of friends can just wade through them or organize them in lists for yourself. And those of us with one or two annoying friends who post updates 25 times a day can just mute them!
  • The Time Blawg, Tweeting less but meeting more. Like the slow food movement for social media, maybe.
  • Mike Stilkey’s Book Sculptures. I posted this to Facebook a couple of weeks ago but forgot to point it out to you guys. This guy’s work – he calls them “Book Sculptures” are so interesting and cool.
  • DAVIDsTea, 24 Days of Tea. Ooh, I wish I’d known of this earlier. Anybody who wants to get me a Thanksgiving Day present next year (that’s a thing, right?) can get me this.

Happy December! I doubt I’ll be posting every day for a while, but you never know …

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