New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean continues her usual practice of captivating readers by investigating her own obsessions.
“Unexpectedly engaging sections are tied to architects and landscaping and budgets, plus the overwhelming modern challenges of homelessness and mental illness. (“Every problem that society has, the library has too, because the boundary between society and the library is porous…,” Orlean wrote.) We learn how “teen departments” evolved and about the delicate politics of loaning out music scores, and hear some of the odd questions asked of the reference desk pre-Google; “they read like synopses of a play; each one seems like a snapshot of life that concluded with someone saying “Let’s just call the library!”
Source: ‘The Library Book’ is a delightful love letter to public libraries – CSMonitor.com
“Americans have been making gardens forever, constantly innovating and experimenting as they work the soil. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists — Americans of every sort have put their backs into gardening. And for a variety of motives: beauty, food, science, prestige.”
Thanks to The Scout Report for the link…
Source: Smithsonian Libraries
Community of Gardens is the Smithsonian’s digital home for sharing and preserving the stories of gardens and the gardeners who make them grow.
Source: Community of Gardens
Photo: National Park Service
Hiking, biking, and running through fields not your thing? Being a book nerd or preferring the indoors does not put one at odds with the wonders
Source: A Guide to National Park Libraries | National Park Foundation
Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
In much of the U.S., the housing crash hangover lingers. New tabulation of home price data lets you zoom in on hundreds of metro areas and counties around the country.
Source: Home Prices: How To See If They Are Rising Or Falling Where You Live : NPR
Trumbull, John: Declaration of Independence Declaration of Independence, oil on canvas by John Trumbull, 1818; in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Washington, D.C. Architect of the Capitol
Source: Declaration of Independence | United States history | Britannica.com
Illustration by Ed Fotheringham
But these aren’t normal times. Team Trump is showing few signs so far of hungering for the sort of social intercourse with permanent Washington that usually accompanies a new administration. And many longtime capital denizens in interviews describe themselves as put off by what they see as Trump’s personal vulgarity, and disturbed on some more fundamental level by the tornado of ethical controversies swirling around him.
“I think you are going to need a very strong blender to mix the Washington community with the Trump crowd, and I don’t think it’s going to end up being a smoothie,” says Sally Quinn, widow of the legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. “A friend of mine said, ‘It’s the end of small talk in Washington.’”
Source: ‘It’s the End of Small Talk in Washington’ – POLITICO Magazine
Using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for each business, Yelp singled out the top bookseller in each state.
Source: The Best Bookstore in Every State | Real Simple
President Trump has released his “America First” budget. Here’s a visual breakdown of how things would change.
Source: Trump’s Budget: A Visual Guide to the Biggest Winners and Losers – NBC News