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Intelligent Design and Other Random Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

EIT - Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. This is the CIA's swell euphemism for torture. It's also a portable concept that can be applied to other noxi...

This Is What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts

Today, when we dream of Thanksgiving feasts, we envision impossibly overstuffed turkeys, Macy's Day parade crowds and daunting lines queuing up on ret...

Does the Magna Carta Mean More to Americans Than to Brits?

Paul_Smith | Posted 11.11.2014 | DC
Paul_Smith

Why the heightened interest here in the U.S. when even Britain's greatest explorer of history -- Shakespeare, of course -- failed to even mention the Magna Carta in his 1596 play King John?

Magna Carta: Awesome Tale

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 11.06.2014 | DC
Sir Peter Westmacott

Today, Magna Carta is regarded in both the UK and the US as a foundation stone of our freedoms. Next year marks its 800th anniversary, and to celebrate, Lincoln Cathedral in eastern England has sent its copy on a grand tour of the United States. From now until January, it will be exhibited at the Library of Congress.

Artist Turns Vintage Library Of Congress Photos Into Awesomely Creepy GIFs

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts

If you've never perused the Library of Congress online photography archives, you have not lived. The digital collection is a treasure trove of retro i...

President Harding's Love Letters To Mistress Are Nearly NSFW

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Divorce

Before Warren G. Harding became president of the United States, he was involved in a 15-year love affair with a woman named Carrie Fulton Phillips. ...

Your Old CDs Will Be Destroyed For Science

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Entertainment

The Library of Congress wants to destroy all your CDs for science. You know how your super old version of Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" sometimes w...

Start a Protest in Your Library

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

In our last post we talked about the future of academic library spaces. We encouraged everyone to dust off the shelves and to begin to think differen...

Musical Treasures of D.C.

Tony Woodcock | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The cultural riches of Washington D.C. have been a recent discovery for my family and me despite having visited the Capital on numerous occasions.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

Religion and Politics Do Mix

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during i...

Kate DiCamillo Is the New Ambassador of Young People's Literature

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

DiCamillo burst on the children's book scene in 2000 with Because of Winn-Dixie, a lovely book about a community, a girl, and a dog that continues to resonate with its intended audience almost 15 years later.

70% Of Silent Films Lost, Study Finds

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vast majority of feature-length silent films made in America have been lost due to decay and neglect over the past 100 years, ...

American Radical Patriot: Discussing the New Woody Guthrie Box Set With Historian Bill Nowlin

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Remarkably vast yet endearingly earnest, the brand-new, limited-edition Woody Guthrie box set, American Radical Patriot -- released this week -- puts into renewed perspective the folk troubadour, humanitarian, and (as the title plainly suggests) complex citizen.

Why We Should Let Go of Nostalgia and Embrace the Evolution of Libraries

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Dr Layla McCay

Adding value doesn't have to mean diminishing the previous value. I think it is heartening that libraries are finding ways to survive -- and flourish. It is worthy that they provide digital access to those who need and want it.

Treasure Trove Of Early 20th Century Folk Music Unearthed In Michigan

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 11.23.2013 | Arts

DETROIT — Detroit is famous for its music, from the Motown hits of the 1960s to the cutting-edge punk of Iggy Pop to the rap of Eminem. Little k...

Former Library Of Congress Employee Admits To Fake Sex Ad

AP | Posted 08.12.2013 | Crime

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A former Library of Congress employee accused of using a work computer to post fake sex ads on Craigslist has pleaded guilty t...

Library Of Congress Acquires Papers, Items Owned By Famed Gay Rights Pioneer

AP | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress has acquired the papers, photographs, films and memorabilia of gay rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz, the nation...

LOOK: These Vintage Public Service Announcements Are Amazing

Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts

From 1936 to 1943, the Works Progress Administration created over 2,000 elaborate posters dedicated to a plethora of New Deal initiatives. Associated ...

You Did Not Know This About Ian MacKaye

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.14.2013 | DC

If you've listened to music, in say, the past 35 years, you've probably heard D.C. native Ian MacKaye's voice -- fronting a slew of bands from Fugazi ...

Prince Harry's Not The Only Royal In D.C. Today

Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Royal watchers have a busy Thursday ahead! Not only is Britain's Prince Harry in D.C. for two days, the King and Queen of Sweden are als...

All Your Books Are Belong To Us

George Heymont | Posted 07.04.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

There's an old saying that "knowledge is power." However, long before anyone had written up a job description for an "intellectual property" lawyer, people were battling over who should and should not have access to knowledge.

First Prize For American Fiction Announced By Library Of Congress

AP | Posted 06.26.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — Don DeLillo has won the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Widely acknowledged as a master chronicler of American...

Books That Nobody Reads: E-lit at the Library of Congress

Illya Szilak | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

From April 3-5, the most vaunted library in the land hosted "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms" an exhibition of 27 works of "born digital" literature, as well as print antecedents from the collection and hands-on interactive literary exercises for visitors.

The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.