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June 29 2012   Island Hammock by ssyjuco via stock_xchng (First off, my apologies to William Shakespeare for mangling his words for my title. He'll be better represented later!) Well folks, today is our last Big Read blog post before we take our summer hiatus. (Don't worry, we'll be back in...
Firework final display!, by claudmey via sxc.hu It’s almost two weeks into the New Year! For some of us (okay, most of us), that means our resolutions have already begun to weaken. Mark Twain said, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin...
Washington, DC View from my bus stop after the last round of snow in metro DC. Here in Washington, DC, we're preparing for snow. As I ponder a weekend spent indoors with a lovely pile of books (thank goodness I'm not in charge of shoveling!), how fortuitous to stumble upon this quote by Edith...
Washington, DC #6 by Jorge Miente via Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jorgemiente/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) Three of the novels in The Big Read library are composed of interlinked stories: Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club , Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine , and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried ...
Washington, DC "A library user in its natural habitat" by Molly Ali from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyali/ / CC BY-NC 2.0 ) On the one hand, there's ample evidence that literary reading is not as popular a pasttime as it used to be. On the other hand, when you hear all of the...
Washington, DC Amherst, Massachusetts in 1886 by the Burleigh Lithograph Company, from Library of Congress collection . With New Year's resolutions very much on everyone's mind, I'm struck by this quote by Emily Dickinson, taken from a letter to her brother. I have dared to do strange things, bold...
Postcard of Amherst, Massachusetts, 1886 . From Library of Congress collection. "I find ecstasy in living---the mere sense of living is joy enough." -- Emily Dickinson Visit The Big Read website to learn more about Emily Dickinson and her work.
Washington, DC December 7, 2009 Willa Cather photographed by Carl Van Vechten , January 22, 1936. From Library of Congress Carl Van Vechten collection. Happy Birthday to Willa Cather , who was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia, 136 years ago today. In May 1925, Cather traveled to Brunswick, Maine...
October 1 , 2009 Washington, DC Tim O'Brien read from his memoir-in-progress (on fatherhood) to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM O'BRIEN! O'Brien's The Things They Carried is certainly...