Colson Whitehead Interview

As always, your monthly author interview. NPR interviewed Whitehead in 2015 


June’s Book: The Noble Hustle


This month’s book is The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead. Our discussion of the book will be June 26th in the 3rd floor board room as usual. If you need a copy or have a friend who wants to join the group, there are copies of the book to be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

James Murray

I’m going to post photos so we get an idea about James Murray and the development of the dictionary.

OED: An original copy of the 1879 appeal

OED: A Chronology of the dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries Blog: A letter from Dr Murray

OED: A History of the Contributors 


Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum

Civil War and PTSD

I think something important to bring up when it comes to this book is the idea of Post Traumatic Stress and its effect on W.C. Minor. First, here are definitions of PTSD by the National Institute for Mental Health as well as the American Psychological Association.

Here are articles that address this idea of PTSD and the Civil War. While at the time they would not have recognized mental disorders in the way we do today, I think it’s worthwhile to explore this subject on how the perception of mental illness has changed or not changed from the 19th century until now.

New York Times – PTSD and the Civil War

Smithsonian Institute – Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs – History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-V

History Welfare Network- Dying to Get Home: PTSD in the Civil War


Simon Winchester Interview

Here is an interview with the author, Simon Winchester.

Just a note: you will have to skip to about 23 seconds into the video because it’s C-SPAN and they leave in dead air in their archived videos. Also, if you’re not up to watching the full 58 minutes they have it transcribed under the video to read.


May Book: The Professor and the Madman


The book for May is The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. The discussion will be May 22nd (due to the holiday) in the usual time and place.

If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk on the library’s 1st floor.

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