Every Country’s Favorite Book (Vice)

presents Reddit user Backforward24’s “Literature of the World,” a map illustrating the most popular books in each country.

Do you think you know the most popular book in the U.S.? See what we’re reading, and what tops the charts around the globe.

Raisa Tolchinsky ’17: Writing in Italy

Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

Senior Raisa Tolchinsky received a small grant from Bowdoin to study in Italy this spring break. An English major and Italian minor, Tolchinsky is pursuing an independent study on mystics and the meaning of mysticism.

Read about her experiences and see her photos.

Bowdoin’s Welsch Celebrates Longfellow Through Film

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The annual Longfellow Days celebration is underway in honor of one of America’s most celebrated poets. Among the College’s most illustrious alumni, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow graduated in 1825.

A series of events, including poetry readings, lectures, and a chapel service, will be held in the Brunswick area throughout February—all free and open to the public.

Among the treats this weekend is a cinematic offering: A screening on campus of John Ford’s 1939 classic Young Mr. Lincoln, hosted by  Cinema studies professor Tricia Welsch. “Since Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries, born just two years apart,” she said,  “a film about Lincoln’s early manhood brings us closer to Longfellow’s America.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

What ‘Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel’ Teaches Us about Technology (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic explores Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, an early twentiethcentury children’s book and ostensible parable for technological change.

The book, and other Burton classics, deal with automation and its effect on jobs and industry. Burton’s texts display an ambivalence to technology and ask the pertinent question: Is progress a good thing? Read more.