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LII New This Week
New This Week for March 26, 2009
This Week
This week we got a jump on National Poetry Month and added a lot of lighter notes and some millinery, as well as presidential gardening and a very terrific short list. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Wendy, and Maria.

Tip of the Week
April is also National Humor Month, beginning with April Fools' Day -- be alert for the inevitable fake newspaper editions.
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Arts and Humanities

American Comedy Archives
This archive was established to preserve "primary source material that documents the professional activities of the ground breaking individuals who have written, produced or performed comedy for radio, television, motion pictures or live performance. ... It is the first collection of its kind at an academic institution devoted to exploring the nature of comedy as an American art form." As of March 2009, find online oral histories of selected comics. From Emerson College.
URL: http://www.emerson.edu/comedy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27946

Basho: On the Poet's Trail
Feature article from 2008 describes following the path of 17th century Japanese haiku master Matsuo Basho who walked along a narrow "1,200-mile route ... through Japan in 1689" and wrote "Narrow Road to a Far Province." Accompanied by background about Basho, photos, field notes from the photographer, and an interactive map of the author's travels in Japan. From National Geographic.
URL: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/02/bashos-trail/howard-norman-t...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27783

Cartoon Library & Museum
Website for this library and museum that houses "more than 400,000 original works of [cartoon] art." Features a description of major collections (and browsable lists of clipping file subjects and topics), a cartoon image database with selected scanned images from the collection, digital albums (such as of Lyonel Feininger's 1906 comic strip and Nell Brinkley's "Brinkley Girls"), digital exhibits, and related material. From The Ohio State University Libraries.
URL: http://cartoons.osu.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26401

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
This is "an online repository of over 4000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research" about World War I poetry. Browse collections for specific poets such as Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas. Also features additional media collections, educational materials (designed for the British educational system), and separate archive of user-submitted items. From the University of Oxford.
URL: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27353

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
Companion to an exhibit that "follows the life of a hat through the stages of inspiration and creation, to the salon and finally to the client." View images of dozens of women's hats, a video of the making of a hat, and an interactive hat salon. Also includes instructions for making your own paper hat from milliner Stephen Jones. From the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
URL: http://www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/hats-anthology/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28062

Library of Congress Poetry Resources
Guide to poetry resources at the Library of Congress, including webcasts, digital collections, exhibitions, learning materials, and other features. Also provides links to guides to finding a poem, locating poetry criticism, official state poems, poets laureate, and more. Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress (LOC).
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/lcpoetry/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27781

Monstrous Craws & Character Flaws: Masterpieces of Cartoon and Caricature at the Library of Congress
Companion to an exhibition of historical cartoons and caricatures, some of the most lasting and effective "images that demonstrate the power of art as a vehicle for social and political commentary." Includes annotated images by James Gillray (a British satirist from the 18th century), Charles Dana Gibson, Miguel Covarrubias, Garry B. Trudeau, Thomas Nast, John Held Jr., Peggy Bacon, and others. From the Library of Congress (LOC).
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/craws/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27098

Monticello: The Vegetable Garden
History of the vegetable gardens at the Monticello home of 3rd U.S. president Thomas Jefferson, who "grew 250 varieties of more than 70 different species of vegetables, precisely recording the details of their growth." Includes photos, a map showing the location of the vegetable garden terrace, and information about the restoration of the gardens. From the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
URL: http://www.monticello.org/gardens/vegetable/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28154

Poetry Explications
Document about the poetry explication, which is "a relatively short analysis which describes the possible meanings and relationships of the words, images, and other small units that make up a poem. ... This handout reviews some of the important techniques of approaching and writing a poetry explication, and includes parts of two sample explications." From the Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
URL: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/poetry-explication.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27785

Poetry: Lesson Plans
This collection of lesson plans covers a wide variety of topics in poetry, such as epic poems, haiku, sonnets, modernist poetry, limericks and nonsense poems, writing poetry, metaphor and simile, line breaks in poems, and specific poets and works. A selection of annotated poetry links is available by navigating to the "Websites" tab. From EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp?subjectArea=4&subcategory=45
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27780

Writing About Poetry
Tips for writing about poetry, which "can be one of the most demanding tasks that many students face in a literature class." Topics include reasons for writing about poetry, having a specific argument about the poems, what to write about (such as figures of speech and cultural context), and standard conventions for writing about poetry. From the Writing Lab and The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue, both of Purdue University.
URL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/615/01/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27784

Government

White House Blog: Spring Gardening
This brief blog post from March 2009 announces the White House vegetable garden on the South Lawn, vegetables from which will be "cooked in the White House Kitchen and given to Miriam's Kitchen, which serves the homeless in Washington, DC." Features a downloadable diagram of the garden with vegetables and herbs that will be planted for the spring. From the White House.
URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/03/20/Spring-Gardening/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28147

Health

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH)
The mission of this organization is "to serve as the community of professionals who study, practice & promote healthy humor & laughter." The group promotes "'therapeutic humor': Any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations." Its website features articles and white papers, bibliography of books and articles, newsletter with links to news, and related material.
URL: http://www.aath.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27956

Media

Very Short List
"Very Short List is a collection of distinct, free, daily e-mails that each recommend one must–see gem a day. ... Each weekday, we recommend a single gem from the vast mass of films, TV shows, books, websites, music, and more." Also includes separate items for science and the Web. Archive goes back to mid-2006. Includes subscription information.
URL: http://www.veryshortlist.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27595

People

The Editorial Cartoons of J.N. "Ding" Darling
"This collection celebrates the work of journalist and tireless advocate for preservation of the environment Jay N. 'Ding' Darling (1876-1962). Twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for syndicated editorial cartoons he drew almost daily between 1900 and 1949, [and] in 1934-1935 he headed what is now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service." Search the over 11,000 images, or browse by topic, people, or events. From the Iowa Digital Library, University of Iowa.
URL: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/ding/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27099

Mark Twain: Our Original Superstar
This 2008 article discusses the contemporary significance of "the man Ernest Hemingway said all of modern American literature could be traced back to: Mark Twain." The article notes that "[w]hether Twain was talking about racism ... foreign misadventures of the Western powers or ... greed ... his target was always human folly and hypocrisy, which turn out to be perennial topics for further study." Includes links to related articles. From Time magazine.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1820166,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27888

Recreation

National Humor Month
"National Humor Month [April] was founded ... [by] humorist Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one's life." Website features background about April Fools' Day and links to material on April Fools' Day hoaxes and related material.
URL: http://humormonth.com/NHM2009.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27945

NIEHS Kid's Pages: Jokes and Trivia!
Collection of jokes, humorous observations, and trivia of appeal to a child's funny bone. Topics include knock knock jokes, school days, hospital humor, advice for graduates, answering machine messages, and great truths for all ages. From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
URL: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/jokes.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27944

Regional: California

Julia Morgan: An Online Exhibition
This exhibition highlights the work of architect Julia Morgan, who in 1904 "became the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California. ... Her trailblazing career helped open the field of architecture to women in the United States." Exhibition sections cover Morgan's education, early work, design of William Randolph Hearst's estate in San Simeon, California, and other Morgan-designed buildings on California's Central Coast. From Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly).
URL: http://lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/architecture/juliamorgan/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27993

The Museum of Jurassic Technology
This off-beat Culver City, California, museum provides "a specialized repository of relics and artifacts from the Lower Jurassic, with an emphasis on those that demonstrate unusual or curious technological qualities." Website includes images of items such as a carved fruit-stone, "the decaying dice of Ricky Jay," floral stereoradiographs, microminiature art, and other oddities.
URL: http://www.mjt.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27768

Regions of the World

Beneath the Veil/Lifting the Veil
Companion to a 2001 British documentary "Beneath the Veil" and the 2002 update "Lifting the Veil" on women's lives in Afghanistan under the Taliban and "whether women's lives have improved since the fall of the Taliban." Includes background about Afghanistan (history, geography, the people, and who are the Taliban), aid and opposition, Islam, and fundamentalisms. Includes links to related sites. From Channel 4.
URL: http://www.channel4.com/life/microsites/A/afghanistan/summary.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27988

Science

How Laughter Works
This article considers laughter: "what it is, what happens in our brains when we laugh, what makes us laugh and how it can make us healthier and happier. You'll also learn that there's a tremendous amount that no one understands yet." Topics include the brain's limbic system ("a network of structures located beneath the cerebral cortex"), and the three traditional theories about what we find humorous (incongruity, superiority, and relief). From HowStuffWorks.
URL: http://health.howstuffworks.com/laughter.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27947

The State of the Birds
Website for "the first ever comprehensive report [released March 2009] on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats." Find the report, maps, data, and suggestions for how to get involved in bird population studies. Produced for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
URL: http://www.stateofthebirds.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28151

Society & Social Science

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
Companion to a 2009 PBS documentary series that "explores the currents of American comedy throughout a century of social and political change, illuminating how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues, and the prevailing American standards and taboos in everyday life." Features essays on comedy's evolution (covering vaudeville and Broadway, comedy clubs, cartoons, radio, recordings, and television), video clips, and an online episode.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/makeemlaugh/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27736


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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder