Archives for June 2015

Video: Master Passamaquoddy Basket Weaver Shares Her Love of Children and Her Craft

Before Molly Neptune Parker received her honorary degree at Bowdoin’s 210th Commencement, she gave a talk about Passamaquoddy basket making. In an engaging and often funny talk, Neptune Parker spoke of her love of children and of the traditions that inform the craft of making beautiful baskets. And at the end, Karen Mills shares an anecdote of how she took one of Neptune Parker’s baskets to Washington, D.C., and all over the country.

Amazon is Changing the Publishing Industry — Again (The Atlantic)

ebookWith the Kindle, Amazon revolutionized the way we read books, and their new payment scheme, in which authors are paid per page we read, could also change the way books are written.

Peter Wayner explores the implications this will have for authors like himself, and how it will influence the kind of books they write. There may be many more mysteries and cliff-hangers in our literary future.

Arctic Museum’s Witty Guest-Curates ‘Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers’ (Mystic Seaport)

“Flying Flukes” by Thomas Hoyne, 1986, OIL 34″ x 48″ Credit: Mystic Seaport 1991.152

Anne Witty, assistant curator at Bowdoin’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, served as guest curator for Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea, in bringing to life the exhibition, Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers, an exploration of America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling.

“The stories in this exhibit braid together people, whales, history, and culture,” said Witty. “Here are tales of work and wonder, wealth and poverty, nature and society. Objects of work, struggle, and leisure. Images of violence and beauty, of forgotten people and lifeways that are strange to us today.” More about the exhibition here.

How A Longer Commute Can Lead to a Shorter Life (Vox)

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No one likes a long drive to work, but all that time in the car could also be contributing to a whole host of health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and sleep loss, not to mention stress and unhappiness.

Vox has some tips to help mitigate these health problems, and make the trip to and from work a little more enjoyable — and a lot less unhealthy.