“The America I love still exists — at the front desk of our public libraries.” — Kurt Vonnegut
The wordplay of Ogden Nash in song? Meet Harry Nilsson. Shy and reclusive, he rarely performed in public. Here’s an early video.
THIS WEEK IN THE ATTIC
No verse was too light, no rhyme was too impossible for Ogden Nash.
American art was pretty and pink until The Ashcan School took the streets as its canvas.
As Texas grows and glows, Hill Country towns are dimming the lights and saving the night sky.
80 years ago, the D.A.R. turned Marian Anderson away from Constitution Hall. Eleanor Roosevelt and friends found a better venue.
"The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave." -- Rebecca Solnit
The songs came and went but Alan Lomax hunkered down and caught them — for all time and for all people.
Bullied into silence, Congress got a lesson in integrity from Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME).
The history was black. The colors were Harlem. Jacob Lawrence interwove them and lit up the past.
With the Cold War looming, one photographer assembled a family portrait that touched the world, The Family of Man.
When the physicist investigated the Challenger, America got a lesson from a master...
At 25, when she circled the globe in record time, the whole world celebrated the amazing Nellie Bly.
Deep in a Texas cave, a clock ticks — for 10,000 years. Celebrate the Long Now! (No need to hurry.)