In Our Feeds: Overdue books, Dumbledore’s office, and literary characters all grown up
By Yanique on January 6th, 2012
Each Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Enjoy!
I think we should kick the weekend off with a fun story about anchor Scott Pelley of the CBS Evening News reporting from what looks to be…Professor Dumbledore’s lair? Well, that would be the case according to MediaBistro’s TVNewser. He was actually reporting from the Iowa State Capitol Library. Both rooms may resemble each other, but we all know that Albus will only allow Harry to hang out in his office while he’s not there!
Speaking of Harry Potter - Flavorwire posted a cool piece about some of our favorite literary characters and which older literary figures they might grow into. Harry Potter grew up to be Quentin Coldwater of Lev Gossman’s The Magicians and Encyclopedia Brown grew up to be the great Sherlock Holmes. Did any of your childhood favorites make the list? Click here to find out.
The New York Times’ Lens blog posted a feature on the late great photographer Eve Arnold. She was the first woman to become a full member of the Magnum Photos cooperative in 1957. That was a huge accomplishment as the Magnum Photos was male-dominated group. Ms. Arnold played a major role in the history of photography, especially for women in the industry. Check out her story and a slideshow of her famous work here.
Some colleges and universities offer online courses. What about high schools? Should high school students take online courses as well? Some teachers in Idaho are speaking out against making online classes a requirement for their students. Last year, the Idaho state legislature passed a law that requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and their teachers be given laptops or tablets. The New York Times interviewed a few Idaho teachers and got their feedback. Click here to read their thoughts on the matter.
Lastly, do any of you owe your local library a book or two? One five year-old girl in Charlton, Mass. got the scare of her life when a police officer knocked on her door to request that she return her overdue books immediately. It later turned out that it was her father’s audiobook that was months overdue. The matter was later resolved but do you think the library went to the extreme to retrieve the book? Tell us what’s on your mind.