“There something definitely different about playing the New York Public Library. There’s not many venues I play that have big stone lions outside, apart from my house, of course.”
—Musician Elvis Costello, who performed in November for a small audience at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Spinner, Mar. 31.
Where did steampunk come from?
Jess Nevins writes: “The task of defining steampunk has become surprisingly difficult. Wildly differing definitions are currently in use. But certain tropes appear in most definitions of steampunk. Steam power and dirigibles are so common in steampunk as to be stereotypical or even archetypal steampunk iconography. The following is a baker’s dozen of the more interesting uses of these steampunk tropes in fiction of the pulp years.”...
io9, Apr. 4
Gone with the Wind manuscript rediscovered
A page from American literary history, stored away at the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut, since the 1950s and rarely on public view, is back in the spotlight. The last four chapters of the final typescript of the novel Gone With the Wind—believed to have been burned by the husband of author Margaret Mitchell following her death in 1949—will be exhibited through May 7 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the book. The manuscript was donated to the library by George P. Brett Jr., head of Macmillan publishing and president of the library in 1953–1958. The only other remaining chapters of the typescript are chapters 43 and 44, held in a vault in Atlanta....
Bridgeport Connecticut Post, Mar. 30
Pastor hacks library’s filter to view child porn
The case of a Hernando, Mississippi, minister busted for child porn on a public library computer has tongues wagging. Oak Grove Baptist Church Pastor Eddie Prince faces one count of possession of child pornography. His arrest has people wondering how he got caught doing such a private thing in the middle of the Hernando Public Library. But library staffers saw Prince in December and reported him to the manager, who called police. Patron Sharon Savittieri thinks the public library is one of the best places to use a computer to access the internet, because of its usually effective filters....
WREG-TV, Memphis, Tenn., Apr. 5