A Day in the Life of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Librarian

It’s not all finding secret notes from Keith Richards… but some of it is.

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Paul Theroux Deep South; More World War I Sites

Author Paul Theroux shares the insights he gleaned about America from the people he met in the small towns and backroads of the Deep South. Then history professor Mark D. Van Ells returns with more suggestions for visiting places that honor the sacrifices of Allied troops in World War I. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves – including episode descriptions, program archives and related details – visit http://www.ricksteves.com.

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* Published: 10/20/17 5:00:00 PM

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Writers in Paris

In the years after the First World War, a number of American writers took up residence in Paris. Steve Cleary assesses some of the work that came out of their time abroad. …

The 1920s was the golden age of literary modernism, and Paris was then the literary and artistic capital of the western world. A remarkable number of the men among these writers-in-exile had volunteered as ambulance drivers during the war, including the young Ernest Hemingway, who was seriously wounded while serving on the Italian front.

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How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED

Alan Schein/Getty Images

Alan Schein/Getty Images

Social networks train us to focus on images and emotions, sapping the quest for knowledge.

Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing.

Source: How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED

The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Library | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

The main branch of the NYPL, located on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. (© The New York Public Library)

The main branch of the NYPL, located on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. (© The New York Public Library)

A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country’s largest library systems

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Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz

Bringing back “moss,” “blackberry,” and “bluebell” instead of “blog,” “chatroom,” and “database.”

“What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?”

“The Lost Words is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a catalogue and spelling book for kids, where the lost words in question comprise vocabulary about flora and fauna.”

Source: Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz