Monday’s Link Roundup.


In this Monday’s Link Roundup don’t miss The truth has a price by Lauren B. Davis. About memoirs she writes, “The question becomes which is more important, the book or the person (other than the author) written about?” And if you feel that all of your digital connectedness is wearing you down, check out Be Still.

  • The truth has a price: “It’s not that writers shouldn’t mine their lives, and those of others, for their work. But they should be prepared to live with the consequences.”
  • Memoirs and Memory: “Do I — do we — remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we’re most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we’ve chosen or that’s been imposed on us by the people around us?”
  • Oral history project to target Latinos: “StoryCorps, the national oral history initiative that documents the stories of everyday Americans, wants Hispanics to tell their historias, and it is turning to an Austin-based firm to help.”
  • New Online Database – 19th-Century British Newspapers: “Gale (a Michigan-based company that creates educational databases), along with The British Library and the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee, has introduced a new online database of 19th-century British newspapers.”
  • Free Genealogy How-to Videos: “The How To Channel on Roots Television features free genealogy and family history videos, including how-to demonstrations, software reviews, expert tips, databases, and websites. Learn from professional genealogists including Cyndi Howells, Dick Eastman, Megan Smolenyak, Tom Kemp, and Curt Witcher.”
  • Be Still: “We are always on, always connected, always thinking, always talking. There is no time for stillness … This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. We lose peace.”
  • The First African Diplomat: “Born of a warrior queen on a Liberian battlefield, Momolu Massaquoi was heir to two African royal families and served as the youngest-ever King of the Vai people. In the 1920s Massaquoi became Africa’s first indigenous diplomat serving for a decade in Hamburg, Germany.”

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