A cognitive psychologist on a question that annoys him.
We wish you a mappy Christmas.
Post about Mark Twain’s debut of his white suit at a hearing at the Library of Congress.
The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist for Posters, Prints and Photographs Division.
Winter is one of my favorite seasons, what with the snow, and the cookies, and the caroling. There are a number of posters in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division that illustrate some of the things that make winter the most wonderful time of the year.
Posters of the Winter Season. A blog post at “Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos” on 2017-12-06.
Carl Linnaeus, the father of biological taxonomy, also had a hand in inventing this tool for categorizing anything.
We asked some of our favorite libraries: What’s the oldest item in your collection?
Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.
Editor’s Note: My library here has hoopla.. what does your local public library have?
It’s not all finding secret notes from Keith Richards… but some of it is.
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.
Source: Writers in Paris
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.