Authors and critics, including Ali Smith and John Banville, reveal which titles, both old and new, they’re most looking forward to reading on their summer holidays
Fun from our Instagram librarian Lindsay: By request she weighed our heaviest book and found that it weighs 70 pounds! You may have seen this famous book on the internet - Poetry City Marathon by Dave Morice. Morice wrote a record-breaking 10,119 pages in 100 days. Our Preservation Department also took on the task of binding this book! [xfPS3563 O87164 P647 2010] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #poetry #worldrecord #heaviestbook #bookbindings #extremebinding #cityofliterature #uispeccollrequests #2010
A summer full of shared readings / Un verano lleno de lecturas compartidas (ilustración de Marie-Louise Gay)
Outside of an actual apology, the Canadian ‘sorry’ is a totem of niceness, with a sly undertone of superiority. It also subtly asserts that we are not American
“It’s clear from even a quick inspection that there are national differences in the use of “sorry” and other words, but exactly what’s going on is harder to tell,” said Edwin Battistella, a linguist at Southern Oregon University whose new book, Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology, describes the linguistic, philosophical and anthropological differences between saying “I’m sorry” and truly apologizing.
“Mainstream doctors are turned off by geriatrics, and that’s because they do not have the faculties to cope with the Old Crock,” Felix Silverstone, the geriatrician, explained to me. “The Old Crock is deaf. The Old Crock has poor vision. The Old Crock’s memory might be somewhat impaired. With the Old Crock, you have to slow down, because he asks you to repeat what you are saying or asking. And the Old Crock doesn’t just have a chief complaint—the Old Crock has fifteen chief complaints. How in the world are you going to cope with all of them? You’re overwhelmed. Besides, he’s had a number of these things for fifty years or so. You’re not going to cure something he’s had for fifty years. He has high blood pressure. He has diabetes. He has arthritis. There’s nothing glamorous about taking care of any of those things.”
Everyone knows the climate is changing throughout the world. As the climate changes so do mankind’s living conditions - and Germany is no exception. Germany has based it’s adaptation plan on the recommendations of the UNFCCC’s IPCC 2007 report. It is implemented at the local, regional, and national levels. While it’s been slow to implement the programs, Germany’s plan serves as a model for other western states. For example, some of the bigger engineering and urban planning projects are required to take an approach that considers climate impacts over 100 years.Framework and objectives of Germany’s Adaptation StrategyThe long-term objective of the Adaptation Strategy is to reduce the vulnerability and maintain and improve the adaptability of natural, social and economic systems. This requires the following action objectives:
- Identify and communicate dangers and risks, i.e. ensure transparency of probabilities, damage potential and uncertainties
- Create awareness and raise the sensitivity of actors
- Provide a basis for decision making that enables the various actors to take precautions and to gradually incorporate the impacts of climate change in their private, business and public planning and activities
- Indicate action options, coordinate and define responsibilities, draw up and implement measures.The Adaptation Strategy is based on the principles of openness and cooperation; knowledge, flexibility and precaution; subsidiarity and proportionality; integrated approach; international responsibility; sustainability.
The Battle of Alexander by Albrecht Altdorfer
His masterpiece, The Battle of Alexander, was commissioned by William IV of Bavaria and produced in 1529. It is an immense work, a gigantic grouping of men, horses and tents, with a town in the background giving way to a blue-toned landscape of sea and mountains. Each part of the composition can be taken in isolation to form autonomous scenes within the whole. Altdorfer always had a predisposition for mysterious, thick, and often sinister forests.
We’re examining inspiring landscapes this July on the Oxford Academic Tumblr.
Image credit: The Battle of Battle of Issus (Battle of Alexander). Albrecht Altdorfer (1480–1538). Alte Pinakothek. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Apple has confirmed that it’s buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion.
Paola Antonelli, interviewed by Edward Lewine in Surrounded by Great Design at MoMA, and Not Afraid to Use It
I think she’s paraphrasing Henry Mintzberg, who said of emergent strategy,
The venerable Oxford English Dictionary just announced 1,000 new entries, and there are some real gems hidden in that long list
Have you heard these words?