LINKS: Boyhood An astounding, one-of-a-kind trove of stories and drawings reveals what life was like for young men growing up in rural 19th-century America Children in 19th-century art reflect nation’s fears, dreams   Image courtesy of National Library of Wales

When Instagram Meets Rembrandt

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Selfie Circa 1900

“What do you mean, Phib?” asked Miss Squeers, looking in her own little glass, where, like most of us, she saw – not herself, but the reflection of some pleasant image in her own brain.” Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

Infamy in a Small Town

In a small town there may be one (at most two) people who are impressed with you because you’ve written NOVELS. Fair enough. Why should they be impressed? After all you did get the Donkey Basketball  fundraiser cancelled when you wrote that thoughtful letter to the school superintendent questioning the idea of people humiliating donkeys…

Edward S. Curtis: Photographer with an agenda? You decide.

“Curtis has been praised as a gifted photographer but also criticized by some contemporary ethnologists for manipulating his images. Although the early twentieth century was a difficult time for most Native communities in America, not all natives were doomed to becoming a “vanishing race.”[27] At a time when natives’ rights were being denied and their…

Poet, Novelist, Diplomat & Friend: Henry van Dyke

Once upon a time there lived on a Saratoga hillside surrounded by lakes a tragic little family of wealth and privilege. Spencer and Katrina Trask lost every child they ever produced, but gathered countless friends, many of whom were artists and poets drawn to the couple’s generosity and toughness in the face of Job-like losses,…

“I think the answer to bad speech is different speech. The answer to bad speech is not shutting down speech.” Larry Summers

“I worry very much that if our leading academic institutions become places that prize comfort over truth—that prize the pursuit of mutual understanding over the pursuit of better and more accurate understanding—then a great deal will be lost.” Larry Summers [Weekly Standard interview] WATCH INTERVIEW WITH FORMER HARVARD PRESIDENT LARRY SUMMERS ON THE STATE OF…