The Becker Collection: Drawings of the American Civil War Era

A fascinating look at the drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly observing, drawing, and sending back for publication images of the Civil War, the construction of the railroads, the laying of... Read More


In Memoriam

Day is done,gone the sun,From the hills,from the lake,From the skies.All is well,safely rest,God is nigh. Go to sleep,peaceful sleep.May the soldieror sailor,God keep.On the landor the deep,Safe in sleep. Love, good night,Must thou go,When the day,And the nightNeed thee... Read More


Happy Labor Day

Miners with Their Children, Labor Day Celebration, Silverton, Colorado,Russell Lee, photographer, 1940. On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall to Union Square,... Read More


Orwell’s Diaries

Orwell’s diaries will be serialized to commemorate its 70th anniversary. "From 9th August 2008, you will be able to gather your own impression of Orwell’s face from reading his most strongly individual piece of writing: his diaries. The Orwell Prize... Read More


Who Was More Important: Lincoln or Darwin?

Daniel Choi from Cambridge, MA tipped us off to a recent Newsweek cover story:"(the cover story) mentions how important notetaking and notebooks were to both figures. E.g.: "Darwin seems to have been able to think only with a pen in... Read More


The Diaries of Ernst Jünger

By Nils Fabiansson On Sunday the 17th February 2008 it is 10 years since the German writer, philosopher and notorious diary-writer Ernst Jünger passed away, 102 years old. Jünger became famous after the publication of his autographical war-book "In Stahlgewittern"... Read More


The Animated Bayeux Tapestry

The latest must-see Internet video turns the 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry into the Middle Ages’ equivalent of a spectacular popcorn blockbuster. British designer David Newton animated a tracking shot of the tapestry for a school project when he was only 21... Read More