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February 20th, 2018

"Start with the ancient elements—earth, water, fire, air—and then expand your view of our elemental world. Think about sunlight, weather systems, rare earth minerals, and electromagnetic forces, to name only a few other things. Phenomena like these are integral to our daily lives but they can be elusive, easily forgotten, or deliberately kept out of sight: the hidden components of our virtual worlds, factors in geopolitics, or deeper influences on human habits and cultures. What are our 'unthought environments' today?"

We’ve partnered with our friends at The Renaissance Society to explore that question through a selection of publications related to their...

Et cetera
February 18th, 2018

This week on Open Stacks, French literature is upon our tongue. University of Chicago professor Alison James talks Oulipo, Kit Schluter on translating Marcel Schwob into English, and bookseller Adam Hocker welcomes us to Albertine, New York's premier French bookstore.


Step into the store to see our new French Corner, created in partnership with Albertine (pictured above), and read up on the endeavor and find book recommendations here.


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Open Stacks Podcast
February 18th, 2018

Michael Benanav is the author of three books, including Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, for which he traveled 1000 miles with one of the last working camel caravans on earth. His work, including articles and images from five continents, appears in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Geographical Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. He is also the founder of Traditional Cultures Project, an educational non-profit that documents traditional and indigenous cultures around the world. For more, visit his website at ...

Off-Topic
February 16th, 2018

Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, in Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought. His previous books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1993), Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and its Technologies (2016), and, as editor or co-editor, Chinese Women Poets: An Anthology of...

Reading Is Critical
February 15th, 2018

Throughout the month of January, the Seminary Co-op held a #ceLOEBration of a new 9-volume edition of Early Greek Philosophy, edited by Glenn W. Most and André Laks. We were also honored to receive dozens of amazing entries in our Heraclitus Caption Contest, where winners submitted drawings, photographs, videos, poems, essays, paintings, and more for a chance to win 25 volumes of their choosing from the Loeb Library, courtesy of Harvard University Press.

We were so overwhelmed by the quality of the entries, we asked Glenn Most, Professor of Greek Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Visiting Professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for the History...

Et cetera
February 15th, 2018

Michael Benanav is the author of three books, including Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, for which he traveled 1000 miles with one of the last working camel caravans on earth. His work, including articles and images from five continents, appears in The New York TimesThe Christian Science MonitorGeographical MagazineSierra Magazine...

Reading Is Critical
February 15th, 2018

Following his vivid account of traveling with one of the last camel caravans on earth in Men of Salt, Michael Benanav now brings us along on a journey with a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads in India. Welcomed into a family of nomadic water buffalo herders, he joins them on their annual spring migration into the Himalayas. More than a glimpse into an endangered culture, this superb adventure explores the relationship between humankind and wild lands, and the dubious effect of environmental...

Bibliographies
February 11th, 2018

 

This week on Open Stacks, we're considering Black music genres, their transformations, tropes, tenets, and migrations. Joining us are Melanie Zeck on Transformations of Black Music, Adam Gussow on Beyond the Crossroads, and Chief Wicked on lyricism in rap music. 


We started this episode with words from Nathaniel Mackey and Splay Anthem, his National Book award winning collection. The book is comprised of pieces from two serial poems by Mackey, “Mu” and “Song of Andoumboulou,” which he's been working on (and continues to write) for over twenty years. In this clip, he reads from both...

Open Stacks Podcast
February 10th, 2018

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie,...

Bibliographies
February 6th, 2018

 

Moriel Rothman-Zecher is an American-Israeli writer, spoken-word poet, and activist who served jail time for refusing to enlist in the IDF, the subject of a New York Times op-ed he wrote in 2015. Born in Jerusalem and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Arabic and political science. He moved back to Jerusalem in 2011, and has been involved with a number of groups working to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. He is a recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Literature. His writings have been published in The New York Times, Haaretz, and elsewhere. Moriel is the associate editor of the anthology...

Reading Is Critical