Monthly Archives: July 2014

“Wisconsin”

By Nate Klug By new names and then no names at all, their laws will reach your land, Lorine, to feed on your much loved marshy spaces whose occasional faces discern a stranger from far off but like to take … Continue reading

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Last Spikes! (Not to be confused with swipes.)

While we were learning about railroads from Richard White at the Newberry Library NEH summer seminar, he showed us a picture of the “last spike” from the U.S. transcontinental railroad. Here’s an 1881 rendition of the “Last Spike” ceremony in the territory … Continue reading

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Obama, O Canada, SoCalifornia

Some more doll-related objects and images have made their way into my inbox lately, and I thought they were too bizarre not to share. First, we have the Obama election doll. I’m going to be so sad when that link expires. Here is … Continue reading

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NEH: “Mapping Nature Across the Americas” teaser

We got up to some really cool stuff this week at the Newberry Library “Mapping Nature Across the Americas” National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer seminar (including an excursion to the exotic locale of Lamont, Illinois!). For now, I’ll … Continue reading

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Codifying attire (dress codes!)

Today, I bring you a special segment of what I call “Reasons I’ll never be able to get a job at Hooters, a Playboy Club, or Disneyland.” (A variation on the usual political cartoon swipes files, with apologies to regular readers … Continue reading

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Feel the heat, W.B. Yeats

(Should maybe be “Feel the hate, W.B. Yeats.”) First, a poem: The Scholars By: William Butler Yeats Bald heads forgetful of their sins, Old, learned, respectable bald heads Edit and annotate the lines That young men, tossing on their beds, … Continue reading

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How to Find Stuff: A Microfilm Lesson in Three Parts

Part I: The Task Is Set Your dad emails you and is all “Hey, you’re at the Newberry Library in Chicago doing a super intensive research program. In your oh-so-abundant abundant spare time, you can look up this dude from our family … Continue reading

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Things to do / see / eat in Montreal and Quebec City

Sometimes people email me and they are like “HEY I AM GOING TO QUEBEC” and I am like “AWESOME” and then I type them up an email of everything I think they should do. From now on, I’ll just send them … Continue reading

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Shining beacon of democracy, or just weird lines?

One more thing about DC… This time in carto-caricatures! This excerpt from my dissertation brought to you without any context. You’re welcome.

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Things to do / see / eat in Orange County

The best thing about Orange County is when people visit, which they do with some frequency due to Nicest Weather Ever Syndrome, because then we get to go do fun things. Keep in mind, the weather is constantly amazing / … Continue reading

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