Back to the Land
— an illustrated essay about giving thanks and food and joy and life and things to ponder and such by Maira Kalman
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, illustrator, author, artist, and designer, visited the United States Supreme Court. She recounts her experience and shares her reflections in this wonderfully illustrated blog
In 1919 while at Cornell University future children's author, essayist and New Yorker
magazine editor Elwyn Brooks (E.B.) White
took heed of the advice of his English professor, William Strunk, Jr.
, to "omit needless words
" in his writing. Strunk advised such -- and more -- to his students in a self-published compositional guide known on campus as "the Little Book." In 1935 his pamphlet was revised and published under the title The Elements and Practice of Composition
. In 1957, 11 years after Strunk's death, White wrote a nostalgic article about his professor and his grammar and style guide for the New Yorker
. Persuaded two years later by Macmillan editor Jack Case to revise and expand Strunk's manual, White co-authored the book The Elements of Style (New York Times review
, June 9, 1959] often referred to as Strunk and White
. Since its publication the book has sold more than 10 million copies. The literary world is now celebrating the book's golden anniversary
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New York City's oldest fireboat rides again.
Built in 1931, the John J. Harvey
served for decades, then was retired by the city in 1994. Local boat-lovers rescued it from the scrap-yard and restored
it to new glory
. Good thing, because the ancient JJH wound up being called back into service one last time, to save New Yorkers during their darkest hour...
The city has showed its gratitude with grant money, and the JJH's story has now become an award-winning children's book
praised as a healthy way to discuss the events of September 11th with kids. Come to Pier 63 for a visit or a free ride
sometime this summer!
"The title of my talk tonight is How to Conquer Stupidity, which is actually a pretty stupid thing to attempt. For me, anyway. One, it's not possible. Two, maybe it's not even desirable. That's probably the premise of all of my work, that I embrace my stupidity wholeheartedly and celebrate it, as often as I can."
And you can too, here