The chroniclers of antiquity wrote that the Great Library of Alexandria held at its peak more than 400,000 scrolls on all manners of subjects, the most massive collection of knowledge in the ancient Mediterranean world. Despite the size of its holdings, this library definitely lacked one thing: a section for the blind and physically handicapped. […]
Charles Mingus is one of a handful of the most important jazz composers of the 20th century. He was a giant of jazz, an innovator whose music blends classical, bop, and free jazz to create something else again. In addition, in the volatile time that he lived, he was an unapologetic advocate of civil rights in the United States.
For today’s celebration of Syttende Mai (Seventeenth May), also called Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) or Grunnlovsdagen (The Constitution Day), I wanted to make you aware of a rare bit of Norwegian American writing. Ole Edvart Rølvaag was an immigrant from Norway who wrote of the Norwegian American immigrant experience in the early 20th century. We […]