Below, Victor and I recommend six more pieces of content from around the internet for your enjoyment. Just as we did last week, we also link to one of our favorite New Leaf Journal articles from the past. This week, I will also add a book recommendation from this past week’s reading.
Without further ado, let us move to Victor’s recommendations.
Victor V. Gurbo’s Recommendations From Around the Web
The Purrington Post: “The Kit-Kat Clock Turns 86 this Year!”
Published on January 8, 2018.
Victor says: Did you have any idea that “Kit-Kat Clocks” have such a long history? I had no idea. After stumbling across one myself, I am fascinated by their history and cult following.
Nick adds: “The Purrington Post.”
Bob Dylan Official Website: “By Popular Demand, ‘Bob Dylan – 1970’ to Be Released on February 26, 2021”
Published on December 18, 2020.
Victor says: Does anyone need more proof that Mr. Dylan isn’t hanging up his hat? He announced on his website the release of “1970”, yet another installment of the bootleg series of Mr. Dylan’s unreleased recordings. This batch will feature nine tracks with the late, great, George Harrison.
Instagram: Andre Kertesz Estate (Official Page)
Victor says: This Instagram page is both interesting in its own right and a preview of some content you can look forward to here at The New Leaf Journal in the near future. The curator of the Andre Kertesz estate shares photographs by the grand master himself here, along with detailed descriptions of each. The photographs are beautiful without context, but one can find new meanings in them after learning their backstories.
Nicholas A. Ferrell’s Recommendations From Around the Web
Babylon Bee: “Elon Musk Unveils Plan To Put A Meme On The Moon By 2020”
Published on December 16, 2020.
Nick says: In my post about fact-checking reform two weeks ago, I chided Snopes for fact-checking The Babylon Bee, which posts satire. This week, I share with you one of their recent articles which make me chuckle. Despite the fact that the article is satire, there is a non-zero chance that it might just give Mr. Musk an idea.
Bklyner.: “A Brief History Of The Bridges Over The Gowanus Canal”
Ayla Schultz. Published on July 31, 2019.
Nick says: This article provides a history lesson on the five bridges that cross over the highly-toxic and malodorous Gowanus Canal, America’s eternal super fund site. I have crossed all five at one time or another, and I use the Union and Carroll Street Bridges regularly. In this post, I learned that the second crossing, the Carroll Street Bridge, “is one of only two active retractable bridges left in the United States.” Who knew? I foresee a New Leaf Journal Gowanus Canal Bridge article series in the future.
University of Hertfordshire: “Longest known exposure photograph ever captured using a beer can”
Published on December 10, 2020.
Nick says: The headline reflects the interesting content. I haven’t much to add, but it’s worth a quick read.
Nicholas A. Ferrell’s Book Recommendation For the Week
Nick says: Since the first article recommendation post last Sunday, I finished four books and one volume of manga. One of those four books, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic “The Secret Garden,” has already found its way into one of my articles. I also recommend the Tuttle Classics edition of “Rashomon and Other Stories” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa this week (just $1 from Kindle). The volume contains six short stories by Akutagawa, one of Japan’s great short story writers in the early twentieth century. The first story, “In a Grove,” is a 14-page murder story told from various perspectives, with most assertions being contradicted by a different account at one point or another. “The Martyr” and “The Dragon,” the latter of which will appear imminently in our own Emu Café, are two other standout stories from the collection.
Old Leaf Classic From Our Archives
“Carroll Gardens Inflatable Uncle Sam Tribute”
Nicholas A. Ferrell. Published on May 4, 2020.
In my second-ever post at The New Leaf Journal, I wrote about a charming inflatable Uncle Sam tribute to first responders, seen in Carroll Gardens. While my phone picture did not come out great, the message was clear. Although I took the picture in the spring, it seems like an appropriate article for our pre-Christmas article recommendation post.