In two days, this poem by Charlotte Brontë will go up for auction. It’s expected to go for between $61,000 and $68,000.
Read writer Miranda K. Pennington’s daydream of being able to afford it here.
“The highest enjoyment of timelessness―in a landscape selected at random―is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone.” ―Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory
Explore Vladimir Nabokov’s literary and lepidopteran sides in Brian Boyd’s Nabokov Lives On and Priscilla Long’s Enchantment and Deception.
Before you read author Helen Hazen’s “Endless Rewriting,” about her experience working with editor Jacques Barzun, check out Barzun’s own essay “Findings: Meditations on the Literature of Spying,” first published in the Scholar in 1965.
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This month marks the 556th anniversary of the printing of Gutenberg’s bible.
Celebrate by learning about the tiniest books being printed now.
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“I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.”
Happy Birthday, Flannery O’Connor!
“Change does not just begin at a point in time,” Anthony Lewis wrote; “it builds on history.”
In a Web-only essay, Anthony Lewis and the March to Equality, Lincoln Caplan remembers the New York Times columnist who transformed coverage of the Supreme Court.
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Read reporter Neil Shea’s last dispatch in the Scholar’s series “Snapshots of a Fading War.”
Find the rest of the series here.
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Killadelphia’s murder victims totaled 327 people last year. “When you get shot, you don’t just get shot once. You get shot multiple times with high-caliber weapons,” Philadelphia’s police commissioner said in December.
The shootings are so frequent that the media has virtually stopped reporting the crimes. That’s something the Gun Crisis Reporting Project is seeking to change, one photograph at a time.
Photo by Tom Kelly IV, GunCrisis.org
Read about writer Robert Hahn’s search for signs of Hitler in the hometown that has all but forgotten him: