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Archive: May 2007 (31 Posts)

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Spanning the Pond, the Poets Laureate Read

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Attending poetry readings seems like one of the great fringe benefits of my job, except that occasions such as last evening?s are free and open to the public at large. The Poets Laureate of the United States and the United Kingdom came together in a historic joint reading at the Library of Congress in a …

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Today in History: Choo-Choo Edition

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I swear, if it were closer to January I would make a New Year?s resolution to do these ?Today in History? posts much earlier in the day, but I guess I?ll just have to start getting to the office even earlier. Blame DC?s worsening traffic. I certainly do. Today?s ?TIH? covers that famous day in …

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Civil Servants Civilly Serving Civilians Syndication

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Several folks who read the blog via RSS feeds have been requesting the full text of posts rather than just excerpts. Ask, and it shall be given unto you. You should now receive the full text of all posts if you subscribe to our syndication feed. (By the way, I wrote that headline even though …

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Today in History: Still Kicking Edition

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I appreciate all the feedback I have gotten about the blog thus far ? the vast majority of it, thankfully,? positive. One comment that has come across the transom, however: ?Less ?Today in History?!?? Hey, I like history! While I prefer to interpret that as a yearning hunger for even more posts across the breadth …

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Open Thread: What Are You Reading?

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Seeing as how we now have a few more readers than, well, zero, I wanted to try my first ?open thread.? This one is topic-specific and might also become another recurring feature, asking a simple question: What are you reading? (Aside from this blog, of course.) It?s a natural question for this blog. After all, …

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Today in History: Plus ├ža Change Edition

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I was thinking about doing something slightly different with today?s ?Today in History.? The results had me laughing so hard here at my desk that I was thinking about spinning it off into its own feature. You see, a few weeks ago we launched a new subsite called ?Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers,? in conjunction …

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Today in History: The Poet-Librarian Edition

Posted by: Matt Raymond

National Poetry Month ended exactly one week ago, but today?s ?TIH? celebrates the May 7, 1892, birth of the ?poet-librarian,? Archibald MacLeish, the ninth Librarian of Congress. The Pulitzer Prize winner was Librarian of Congress for five years ? a relatively brief span, given that only 13 individuals have held the post in the Library?s …