More than 40 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and left to find shelter in strange lands. Maybe they find a tarp, or a tent, but their quality of life almost always rema…
Debating whether this article belongs under Sustainism or not. Got to appreciate the design. The collapsible shelter resembles a plant, a yurd, or a kind of fabric iglo; more than a tent in seems comparable to chosen “homes” of nomadic people.
Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program. #AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, …
Yes! Amtrak wants you to come on board writer!
"Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program starting March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015. A passion for writing and an aspiration to travel with Amtrak for inspiration are the sole criteria for selection. Both emerging and established writers will be considered.
Residencies will be anywhere from 2-5 days, with exceptions for special projects.”
JvP: Rollin’, rollin’ rollin’, keep them words goin’ Rawhide!
Jennifer Slattery ate her humble pie and shares a piece of her mind. Smart cooky this writer. No pun intended.
Photographer, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, was one of the nation’s leading photographers at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was commissioned to capture a photographic record of Russia after the monarch saw his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy.
Why post this in Background Story is History? Because these photos speak to the costume designer in me. Such amazing riches, not in monetary but creative sense.
March through April Special.
If you have the time, and there’s availability, what’s keeping you?
A friend is reporting with great appreciation for Gladstone’s welcoming residence program, from her seat beside the fireplace, a cozy leather easy chair.
This is from the site:
"Thinking of taking some time out to start or finish a book, a dissertation or just to take a deep breath? Gladstone’s Library is the ideal place - astonishing book collections (all available to browse online), comfortable boutique-style bedrooms, great home-cooked food and the friendliest welcome this side of the border.
Hesitate no more - we can offer accommodation at the very special rate of 3 nights for the price of 2 (that’s £198 for three nights in a double en suite room, dinner, bed and breakfast!) from 5 March - 30 April 2014 inclusive.”
Our friend paid ￡179, for single accommodations. All included except for a ￡25 non-refuncale deposit per person.
Shevi Arnold has done her homework, and she’s gregarious in sharing her notes. You can benefit from her research.
‘The vehemence surprised me,’ celebrated bibliophile Nancy Pearl said of the reaction to her decision to publish with Amazon.
How do things look two years after the publication of this article? Have we grown used to the Amazon Publishing House?
Wouldn’t surprise me if those who were so vehemently opposed to the re-issuing of earlier published titles have changed their tune.
Helen Epstein co-founded Plunkett Lake Press with her husband, Patrick Mehr. Plunkett’s most recent release was the e-book edition of The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus by Jean-Denis Bredin.
In an interview with Molly Parr (see related Scoop-it! on this page) Epstein says: “…We don’t publish original manuscripts, but, like curators, we choose from what’s already been published but has slipped out of sight.”
Check out the list of titles on the website.
Helen Epstein was born in Prague and raised in New York City. She’s a veteran journalist, former NYU journalism professor and the author of six books, including “Children of the Ho…
Molly Parr née Shaffer asked Helen Epstein: “…
Do you view e-publishing as a way to preserve these books so they live outside a physical form that could be destroyed?
Epstein: “… We don’t publish original manuscripts, but, like curators, we choose from what’s already been published but has slipped out of sight, like the autobiographies of Sholom Aleichem, Chaim Weizmann, Albert Memmi, the North African Jewish philosopher and sociologist, and Charlotte Wolff, a Weimar woman who was an out lesbian and arrested by the Gestapo, not for being Jewish but for cross-dressing. Often these titles have gotten lost in the technological revolution, like LPs that never get converted into CDs or onto iTunes. Many travelers and people who read in bed prefer an iPad or Kindle to “real” books. We get to choose what we think is important.”