“The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”—James Monroe in his annual message to Congress on December 2, 1823. This would later become known as the Monroe Doctrine, an landmark moment in US foreign policy.
“The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the midst of American women. It was stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that woman suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover materical, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffered Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night—she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question—‘Is this all?’”—Opening paragraph of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, published 50 years ago.
Here’s a rare recording from 1929 of the British writer A.A. Milne reading a chapter of his beloved children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne was a prolific writer of plays, novels and essays, but he was mostly known—much to his exasperation—as the creator of a simple and good-natured little bear. (via Open Culture)
“In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way. There was sanctuary in a library, there is sanctuary now, from the war, from the storms of our family and our own anxious minds. Libraries are… sacred space.”—Anne Lamott
Hear ye, hear ye! ‘Tis Shakespeare’s 449th birthday and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has officially proclaimed April 23, 2013 as Talk Like Shakespeare Day—a day on which everyone is encouraged to express themselves through the incorporation of Shakespearean language and dialect. Get some tips about Shakespeare’s style, listen to the hip-hop birthday anthem, and discover the many ways the Bard is alive and well at 449 years old, right here!