One of my best friends summed it up with this text message: “It’s a little less cool in the world today.”
Groundhog Day has a permanent place on my list of all-time favorite films. It’s notable that folks of every religious persuasion, from Catholics to Buddhists, have embraced that movie; I think it’s because it taps into some elemental truths about the human condition. Not many movies can do that while being so darn funny.
One of my students collects WWII memorabilia. His most recent acquisition is this Hitler pin cushion, which he was kind enough to bring to class and show me. These things were apparently pretty popular in the 1940s; even FDR had one.
If you were wondering which artifacts made The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects but didn’t want to shell out the shekels for the book, you’re in luck. Here’s the whole list, plus an interview with author Richard Kurin.
Speaking of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of American History is getting a costume from that Spider-Man musical. Seems like an odd addition for the NMAH. I saw that show when I was in New York this past summer, and it was pretty meh.
It seems like we’re seeing a lot of these stories lately. Somebody broke into the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives in Liberty, TX and made off with part of the collection. If you’ve got any information, call the Liberty Police Department at 939-336-5666
Steven Spielberg keeps buying the rights to her books faster than her publisher can get them on the shelves. From the LA Times:
A year after Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln” became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker’s DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama — and based on the work of the same author who helped make “Lincoln” possible.
The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s upcoming book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius ofAbraham Lincoln,” which became the basis for Tony Kushner’s “Lincoln” script.
We’ve already had a couple of really good onscreen Teddy Roosevelts: Brian Keith in The Wind and the Lion and Tom Berenger in TNT’s Rough Riders. Interestingly, Keith was in Rough Riders, too; he played Roosevelt’s predecessor William McKinley. John Milius directed both films, so maybe it wasn’t a coincidence.
Not sure what they’re planning to do with Taft, but if Spielberg’s got some money to spare on visual effects, my people can sit down with his people and discuss an option on an old post of mine…
Be a shame to let this current superhero mania go to waste.
Some upstanding citizens are trying to convince David Barton to run for the Senate. If it means he won’t have as much time to write history books, I’d be happy to make a small campaign contribution.
I believed in Harvey Dent, and I believe in David Barton.
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If you’ve been trying to track down a copy of an out-of-print UNC Press book, they’re offering some of their older titles again through the Enduring Editions program. I think they’re basically paperback facsimiles of the original books published in low print runs or through some kind of POD arrangement. However it works, I’m glad they’re doing it. I just ordered a copy of Carl Driver’s John Sevier biography, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of those for a long time.
So today I posted something about a story of two camp followers at King’s Mountain, and later when I happened to take a look at my blog, the post wasn’t at the top of the page where it was supposed to be. I went back to the editing page and hit “Publish” again. Still no luck.
Finally I noticed that the post had somehow ended up going underneath that Gettysburg photo post from a couple of days ago. Wordpress inexplicably dated it Sept. 23 instead of Sept. 26. So for all you folks who don’t subscribe to the blog by e-mail, there’s some new King’s Mountain stuff a couple of posts down.
Not sure what’s going on here, so if things are a little bit weird around here for a while, bear with me.