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11 Things We Read This Week: 10/18/2019
18 Oct 2019

11 Things We Read This Week: 10/18/2019

A roundup of surprising, insightful and interesting stories from the internet

By Courtney Suciu

  1. Discover the Women of Rock oral history project, a unique primary source about “artists who have been left out of popular rock narratives” and the experiences of women, trans and gender-nonconforming artists in rock ‘n’ roll. Read about it...
  2. Here’s another oral history project devoted to collecting the video testimonies of Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps during World War II. Read about it...
  3. The first paper warning about the effect of CO2 on global warning was written in 1876 by scientist and women’s rights activist Eunice Newton Foote. For nearly a century her work on the subject was ignored. Read about it...
  4. Some of our favorite authors also penned some intriguing storybooks. Read about it...
  5. Speaking of children’s books, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman talks about the problem of labeling books as “children’s literature” and why the category should be better embraced by critics and adult readers. Read about it...
  6. Just because we love the Talking Heads and old pulp fiction covers. Read about it...
  7. How is the English language continuing to evolve? Here are the latest entries in the Oxford English Dictionary, including “chillax” and “Jedi mind trick.” Read about it...
  8. See how artists of the 19th century Orientalist movement depicted the the Middle East and North Africa, and how those efforts reflected European colonial activity. Read about it...
  9. See 10 of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Read about it...
  10. Historical newspapers reveal how slaveowners like George Washington used ads to track down escaped slaves. “These abhorrent descriptions – penned by slave-owners who viewed people as property – still bear witness to the bravery and unique characteristics of the people who escaped slavery, albeit sometimes temporarily, and defied a massively powerful system allied against them.” Read about it...
  11. Find out about the important and lasting impact of helping young readers develop confidence in their literacy skills: “Texts have tremendous power in our lives; they open realms, spark and extend interests, and add to our understanding of the world we live in. In order to tap into all of that information, get lost in those stories, explore the ideas of poets and dig deep into their curiosities, our kids must see themselves as readers.” Read about it...

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Courtney Suciu is ProQuest’s lead blog writer. Her loves include libraries, literacy and researching extraordinary stories related to the arts and humanities. She has a Master’s Degree in English literature and a background in teaching, journalism and marketing. Follow her @QuirkySuciu

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