This is a preview of my new monthly e-newsletter, descriptively named Links and Things from Tegan Kehoe. In it, I'll be sharing short reviews and recommendations of books, articles, experiences, and more, both things that have come out in the last month, and things that are not new, but worth a view. I'll also share information on my own ongoing and upcoming projects. If you sign up, you'll get one email a month from me, and I won't swap or sell your address. It's possible I'll want to send more than one per month in the future, but if I change to more often, that will be opt-in.
Without further ado... Links and Things!
I recently read The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, a compilation published in 1937. The first time I picked up this slim volume I didn’t think much of it, but this time it was just what I was in the mood for. Some of the stories are scary, and some have twist endings, but some of them have that creeping feeling of inevitability as we draw closer to the natural (supernatural) conclusion.
In Greater Boston
Old Ironsides floats once more! The historic ship USS Constitution underwent an extensive restoration in dry dock (the ship equivalent of a car being on jack stands) from 2015 to July 23, 2017. I recommend browsing the archives of the restoration blog, jointly written by the USS Constitution Museum and Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston. And, the ship is open for tours again starting Labor Day weekend! Important notes: you'll need a government-issued ID to get in, and there are irregular steps up and down getting on and around the ship. The USS Constitution Museum, across the plaza from the ship, is accessible and doesn't require ID. Both are free.
We're several months into the centennial of United States involvement in WWI. I took a class on WWI when I did a college semester in France, and in one of my course books, it said of 1917, "Then, a little miracle happened. The Americans, for purposes of their own, decided to join the war." I loved that wry statement. Here's a list of WWI commemoration and history events happening around the country, and here's the equivalent for English-language events internationally.
For History Lovers
This preview edition is already history-heavy, so I'll keep it brief. Many history lovers already know this, but it can't hurt to be reminded that countless fiction and non-fiction classics are available as free e-books (for computer or e-reader) from places like The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg. Here's Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
For Museum and Public History People
If you're not already following Nonprofit AF, you probably should be (if you ask, the creator Vu Le will say it's short for Nonprofit Awesome Fun, and it's formerly Nonprofit With Balls). It's a great source for cynical nonprofit humor and realist discussions of the nonprofit world, including strategy, audience engagement and marketing, finance, and juggling funders' expectations.
This corner of the newsletter is not civics 101, it's anything under the broad category of "being a good citizen," regardless of whether you have citizenship in the community you have civic feeling toward. This time, however, my links are a bit introductory: the two tools I think everyone in the US should have bookmarked: whoismyrepresentative.com, for when you need to call your elected officials, and vote411.org, to register to vote (for states that offer online registration) and to see what will be on your ballot when you have an election on the horizon.
The "Me" Section (perhaps longer than usual, because it includes ongoing things!)
- On my blog, A Catalog of Curiosity, I made a list of 100 things I want to try, and I'm working through it over the course of 1000 days. This summer I lagged on posts because I've been trying some things that take more time, but that just means you have time to catch up on the posts you haven't read yet! My most recent post, "Dissection on your Coffee Table," reviews the book Great Discoveries in Medicine, edited by William and Helen Bynum.
- I mentioned the centennial of WWI above -- if you're in Boston, check out the exhibits on this topic at the Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. The exhibits, which I've had a big hand in creating, are at the museum itself and the museum's display case in the hospital main lobby.
- If you're in the Boston area, maybe you've already heard of the Post Meridian Radio Players. They're (we're) a community/independent theater company with a twist -- it's all live performances of radio drama, complete with live Foley sound effects. My adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial will be included in their 2017 Halloween show, Tomes of Terror: Lenore. Come check it out!
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