Years ago, 1989 in fact, I gave a speech at Amana Colonies, Iowa. I remember flying into Cedar Rapids and then driving to Amana. I knew two things about the town that is actually a collection of villages: that’s where the Amana freezer came from, and it had been founded as a type of Utopian community. Ellie Gordon-Moershel at Atlas Obscura has a story about her mother, who grew up there.
Tomorrow, a band of warriors will begin to march from York in northern England to Hastings in Southern England, to reenact the battle against the Normans in 1066. The actual reenactment will happen the weekend of Oct. 15-16. (One thing I’ve learned about the British – they love anniversaries.)
The British Library has launched a new web site on the Greek manuscripts in its collection, where you can find illuminated gospels, articles on medicine, Byzantine manuscripts, and Greek Old Testament documents.
Erik Raymond at The Gospel Coalition encounters a seeker who walked away from a seeker church, for the very reasons the seeker church existed. Rachelle Peterson at First Things reflects on the value of old books. Rebecca Solnit has 10 tips on how to be a writer. They’re not as well-known as those of World War I, but World War II had its war poets, and Keith Douglas was one of them. And the video today is the last two minutes of the last Howdy Doody Show, which an entire generation of children (including me) grew up with.
Art and Photography
Scott Joplin House, Revisited – Chris Naffziger at St. Louis Patina.
Obed Edom, Hand-Colored Linocut – Jack Baumgartner at The School of the Transfer of Energy.
How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit – Literary Hub.
Art and Photography
The Deal of the Arts – Ed Koehler.
Between synapses – Barbara Mackenzie at Signed…BKM.
A Late Style of Fire: Poet Larry Levis – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
Keith Douglas: A War Poet Remembered but Not Simplified – Stephen Isenberg at Los Angeles Review of Books.
My father cannot stop – Lavinia Greenlaw via The Guardian.
They Unchurched the Church – Erik Raymond at The Gospel Coalition.
My Mom Grew Up in a Utopian Colony in Iowa – Ellie Gordon-Moershel at Atlas Obscura.
85 Years Ago Today: J.R.R. Tolkien Convinces C.S. Lewis That Christ Is the True Myth – Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition.
Talking to God: Clocks – Jake Lee at Very Much Later.
Life and Culture
On Reading Old Books – Rachelle Peterson at First Things Magazine.
March into 1066 – English Heritage.
Greek Manuscripts – British Library.
Not just daffodils – Wordsworth Country makes a comeback for literary tourism – Vanessa Thorpe at The Guardian.
The Last Two Minutes of the Last Howdy Doody Show
Painting: Woman Reading a Book in a Garden by Harold Harvey (about 1900).