Wednesday, May 04, 2016

In Newport, Rhode Island!

Captain James Cook sailed the oceans in the 1700s. His ship, HMS Endeavour, is believed to have been discovered in the waters of Newport Harbor! The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, has outlined the discovery, and the ship's history, here.

Portrait by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland (c 1775), courtesy Wikipedia.

Interest in Captain Cook's voyages is sure to increase over the next few months, so, look for these items in our collection:

American Sea Writing: A Literary Anthology. [810.8 AME] Contains a selection from J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur's A Journal of Captain Cook 's Last Voyage.

Dugard, Martin. Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook. [B COO]

Humble, Richard. The Voyages of Captain Cook. [J B COO]

Petrie, Kristin. James Cook. [J B COO]

Shields, Charles J. James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific. [J B COO]

Sobel, Dava. The Illustrated Longitude. [526.62 SOB]

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Rediscover the 1950s

Last December I came across a website that displayed a series of black and white photos taken by Frank Oscar Larson in the 1950s in New York City. I find old photos fascinating in that they can show us what is lost completely, what has merely been forgotten, and what still remains.

Many black and white films were made in the 1950s and there was a whole genre of film known as "noir." These films were often made from crime novels, also known as "noir." Noir is French for black, and in terms of fiction and film, is described as "crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings."

This photograph of Manhattan was taken by Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., in 1950.

Courtesy Library of Congress.

To get a sampling of the era of black and white "noir" culture of the 1950s, look for one of these:

The Big Sleep. [DVD BIG]

Boston Noir. [F BOS]

Classic Crime Short Stories. [eBook]

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s. [SC NOI]

Double Indemnity. [DVD DOU]

Spillane, Mickey. Complex 90. [F SPI]

Spillane, Mickey. Lady, Go Die!. [AB/CD SPI]

USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. [eBook]

Women Crime writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s. [eBook]

Monday, May 02, 2016

The Brain Map (Also Referred to As Brain Atlas or Brain Dictionary)

I apologize for the brevity of this post. I was away on Friday and forgot all about needing a post ready for today. I remembered last night, at home, after reading an extremely interesting article about words and where they are found in our brains, "Neuroscientists create 'atlas' showing how words are organised in the brain." The article is from the British newspaper, The Guardian, and is based upon a study that appeared in Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Here's the short video that accompanies the article:

To read the study, click here. And to explore the colorful brain map seen in the video, click here (be aware that it may take time to load).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Poetry Friday--Mass Poetry Festival

Windham is just about an hour away from Salem, MA. And, an hour is really a short ride when you consider that at the end of it is a world of contemporary poetry! This weekend is the Mass Poetry Festival being held in downtown Salem.

One of the featured poets is Mark Doty. I've selected a short poem from Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems [811.54 DOT], which, if you're a dog lover, I'm positive you'll enjoy!
Golden Retrievals

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s--oh
joy--actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue
of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?
Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,
thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you’re off in some fog concerning
--tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:
to unsnare time’s warp (and woof!), retrieving,
my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master’s bronzy gong, calls you here,
entirely, now: bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow.

What did I tell you? Did he capture a dog or what? I love it!

Visit Buffy's Blog for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up and I hope to see you among the poetry lovers in Salem!

Illustration courtesy NY Public Library Digital Collections.

Mutiny on the Bounty

You may have seen the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty made in 1935, starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable [DVD MUT]. (In 1962 it was remade starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, and Richard Harris. Nesmith Library don't own this version, but it is available from another GMILCS consortium library.) The movie was based upon the book, Mutiny on the Bounty, by Charles Nordhoff [F NOR], which was a bestseller in 1932.

The mutiny on the HMS Bounty was a real event that happened on this day, April 28, in 1789. You can read about the incident in The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander [996.1 ALE] or Patrick O'Brien's The Mutiny on the Bounty, an account written for children [J 910.45 OBR].

National Geographic created the following documentary on the mutiny:

The true tale of a cruel captain whose crew turns on him, the setting of the captain adrift in a small boat, the sea, the weather, and the exotic Tahiti setting, all made the story perfect for a novel and subsequent adaptation to film. It's a story that is still being told 227 years later!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hemingway in Fact and Fiction

The J. F. K. Presidential Library and Museum in Boston has an extensive collection of Ernest Hemingway papers and photographs. Earlier this month a new exhibit opened. It is titled "Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars" and will be on display through December 31. The exhibit showcases
the JFK Library’s Hemingway Collection, this is the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work and life of Ernest Hemingway. The exhibit features a trove of rarely exhibited material, including multiple drafts of the writer’s major works, correspondence with a legendary circle of expatriate writers living in 1920s Paris, as well as photographs and a selection of Hemingway’s personal belongings. Created in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum, the exhibition humanizes a man who was larger than life and documents the consummate craftsmanship and discipline at the heart of Hemingway’s literary genius.
Of special interest to readers writers are Hemingway's notebooks and drafts of his novels. History buffs will be interested to see his War War I War Merit Cross, and his World War II dog tags. Social history students will find information and photos of France and Spain, and of those creative people who became known as the "Lost Generation."

Hemingway has captured the imagination of many fiction writers and he is the subject of, or a character in, several novels including the book discussion group favorite, The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain [F MCL, eBook], Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Terese Fowler [F FOW], Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood [eBook], and AdiĆ³s Hemingway by Leonardo Padura Fuentes [F PAD].

Don't miss Midnight in Paris, a film by Woody Allen, where Hemingway is portrayed by actor Corey Stoll [DVD MID].

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Treasure Trove for Knitters

The Nesmith Library has a great knitting section with learn-how-to-knit books and books of sweater, hat, mitten, toys, and all sorts of other knitting patterns. You'll find the books in 746.432. We even have a sock loom for knitters to borrow! It is found with our collection of "unusual items," which you can ask for at the check-out desk. We have more than a dozen audiobooks, eBooks, and even a DVD on knitting: The Art of Knitting Stitches, Colors, Fashion [DVD 746.432 ART].

If this isn't enough to satisfy your knitting needs, you can access "The Online Knitting Reference Library: Download 300 Knitting Books Published From 1849 to 2012," which you can learn more about here

Many knitting books are also available through Gutenberg Project and Open Library.


Monday, April 25, 2016

A Local Story

About two years ago, local supermarket chain, Market Basket, made national news when its workers and customers basically went on strike over the leadership of the business.

The strike and its outcome was filmed, and the documentary, We the People: The Market Basket Effect, is now being shown in select theaters around the country. Click here for the current listing of locations.

As soon as the DVD version becomes available, we will order it. In the meantime, two books in our collection may provide background to the story of Market Basket:

Demoulas, George A. Illegit: A Memoir of Family Intrigue, Wealth, and Cruel Indifference. [B DEM]

Korschun, Daniel. We are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business. [381.456 KOR, also eBook]