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11 Things We’re Reading This Week: 12/04/2019
04 Dec 2019

11 Things We’re Reading This Week: 12/04/2019

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

By Courtney Suciu

  1. Being the archivist for the Prince vault might seems like a dream job, but the reality of organizing and preserving The Purple One’s legacy sounds pretty daunting in this recent interview.
  2. Learn about the indie translators who are working with small presses to publish classical Arabic poetry in English, to international acclaim.
  3. High-tech datamining lets today’s scholars examine 17th-century works down to the smallest bit of text, resulting in more accurate analysis for centuries’ old questions about Shakespeare’s authorship. So, who really wrote Henry VIII?
  4. The experimental and progressive early 20th-century “Black Mountain Poets” shared similarities in form and approach to their work, but in discussions and anthologies, some of movement’s critical writers have been excluded. Find what that says about the problem of literary categorization.
  5. See why reading the works of Greek and Roman philosophers and poets was a vital part of working-class life for Britons at the turn of the 19th century.
  6. We’re hard pressed to think of a kitchen appliance that inspires as many memories of cozy comfort foods as the slow cooker. Explore the history of the ubiquitous Crockpot and its impact on domestic culture and cuisine.
  7. When it comes to historical African American women of the press, Ida B. Wells might be the first – and unfortunately only – name that comes to mind. This article highlights the careers and accomplishments of six lesser-known journalists who didn’t let race or gender hinder them from “wield[ing] their pens in the names of truth and justice.”
  8. Do overdue fines estrange community members who benefit most from library services and resources? Discover why libraries across the U.S. are eliminating such penalties as a way to alleviate “social inequity.”
  9. A Queens, New York, bookmobile is making a special effort to support vulnerable community members. By parking outside the local homeless shelter, this mobile library is easily accessible to everyone from students needing help with their homework to adults who need help finding a job, and everyone who could use a little literary escape.
  10. Math skills are critical for understanding such matters of civics as the legislative process, campaign finance, election polls, even how parking tickets disproportionately effect people with lower incomes. Read about educators who are using the math classroom to teach lessons in civics.
  11. Lots of us appreciate the skill and aesthetics of vintage science illustrations. But these stunning, little known mid-century works of Paul Sougy diagram the natural world with unusual color and whimsy.

*Public domain image: Saadi in a Rose Garden, from a Mughal manuscript of his work Gulistan, c. 1645. Saadi of Shiraz was a major Persian poet of the medieval era.


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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