You can see footage of today's ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks here. If you want to participate in tonight's vigil, it starts at 6 pm at the Cedar Street entrance to the Community Path. Middle East expert Juan Cole notes that the FBI still hasn't released documents that could demonstrate how "un-Islamic" the 9-11 hijackers are. You can examine three very different perspectives on the attacks here, here and here. And over at the Washington Monthly, they've... Read Post
We're very happy to announce the band Too Human will be performing at the Central Library this Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. They've performed all along the East Coast and their jazzy, upbeat music has been described as "incredible" and "full of energy" and as "some of the best darned songs you've ever heard." You can see a brief video from their concert at the Wilmington Public Library below: We hope you'll join us. Interestingly, the members of the band have also had a long and varied as... Read Post
One of the transformative moments in American history occurred on August 28, 1963. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke to roughly 250,000 people, calling for full civil rights for African-Americans. The "I Have a Dream Speech" is one of the pinnacles of American oratory, and as a statement of American ideals is second only to the Declaration of Independence. If you would like to know more about King and the Civil Rights Movement, we've got a... Read Post
It's official: Whitey Bulger has been found guilty - of a whole lot of stuff - and will presumably be spending the rest of his life behind bars. Many of us would like to forget all about the notorious thug but, human nature being what it is, a fair number of us want to know all there is to know about Whitey and his doings. To that end, here's a list of relevant books available through the Minuteman Library Network.Whitey: the Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss by Dick Lehr... Read Post
as if in fair warning"
—Denise Levertov, "The Sharks" "You may rest assured that the British government is entirely opposed to sharks."
—Winston Churchill in Parliament, Prime Minister's Question Time, Feb. 20, 1945
We've barely begun to recover from the heart-stopping excitement of Sharknado, and here we are in the middle of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's annual celebration of all things squaline. And while I'm sure that most... Read Post
by Siegfried SassoonIn the grey summer garden I shall find you With day-break and the morning hills behind you. There will be rain-wet roses; stir of wings; And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings. Not from the past you'll come, but from that deep Where beauty murmurs to the soul asleep: And I shall know the sense of life re-born From dreams into the mystery of morn Where gloom and brightness meet. And... Read Post