May’s Book: Empire of Sin

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May’s book is Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and The Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist. Copies can be picked up at the Circulation Desk to check out.

The discussion will be held on May 21st in Room H, on the 2nd floor of the library near the Reference Desk.

 

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Ocean Vuong Reading

Here is Ocean reading at the T.S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings. Ocean does not talk until about the 2nd minute. The person introducing him is Ian McMillan

Johnstown Flood Pictures

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Here are some photos from the Johnstown Flood Museum, borrowed from the Library of Congress, to give you an idea of the devastation.

WWI Overview

Here’s a great video that summarizes WWI from Ferdinand’s assassination all the way to the end.

More Getty Images

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Franz Ferdinand in Bosnia

Here are some pictures from Getty Images of a 100 year anniversary remembrance of WWI in Sarajevo. 

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Mine Fields

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For more on the Bosnian Mine Fields, check out these links:

VICE News: Haunting Photos of Bosnia’s Neverending Land Mine and Flooding Problem

Deutche Welle: Former enemies clear mines together in Bosnia

Al Jazeera: Bosnia Mines Still Kill 20 Years Later

University of Essex: Landmines in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Hellidon Windows

On page 4 Butcher describes a stained glass window memorial at St. John the Baptist in Hellidon. I emailed that church and they kindly responded with pictures!

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The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:

      That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England. There shall be

      In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

      Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;

A body of England’s, breathing English air,

      Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

      A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

            Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

      And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

            In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

Lucy Kalanithi TED Talk

Lucy Kalanithi gave a moving speech about life, death, and her husband for a TED Talk last November

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