Making the Rounds: 1st ed.

Welcome to the first Making the Rounds: a weekly list of links, thinks, and random, interesting things that might make your upcoming week a little brighter. Like Watson and Holmes, these links aim to sharpen the skills of all five senses. So here goes:


The enclosed is an image that will be the subject of the Bronx Documentary Center's upcoming exhibition Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography, as well as other related programming. The BDC makes no representations nor extends any rights as to use of this image by another party. German Reichstag building, Berlin May 2, 1945 Photo by Yevgeny Khaldei Caption as presently found on the Getty Images website: "Red Army soldiers raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany, April 30, 1945." Background Information on this photo: This iconic photograph from World War II shows a triumphant Red Army soldier waving a Soviet flag over the Reichstag building in Berlin, signifying communist conquest over Nazi Germany. Many discoveries regarding the construction and continued manipulation of this photo have been made since its original publication. In order to make this photo, Khaldei scaled the Reichstag with his own Soviet flag in tow, one that had been made by his uncle out of tablecloths for this purpose. He asked the soldiers to pose with the flag. Before the photo's first publication in Ogoniok, a Russian magazine, the watches on the soldiers' wrists were scratched out on the negative, concealing that the Soviets had been looting. Dark clouds of smoke were added in a later version on the photograph. German magazine Der Spiegel wrote, "Khaldei saw himself as a propagandist for a just cause, the war against Hitler and and the German invaders of his homeland." When asked about the manipulation, Khaldei responded, "It is a good photograph and historically significant. Next question please." Links to articles about this controversy:
Photo by Yevgeny Khaldei, via Slate
  • While Some Are Shocked by ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ Others Find Nuance in a Bigoted Atticus Finch / Alexandra Alter, at the New York Times”Go Set a Watchman,” is the second novel by Harper Lee, and is set to be a literary wave maker. Lee, made famous by her debut novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” brings us back to Maycomb Country and protagonist Scout, only to find racism further engrained into society as well as Atticus Finch, the hero and moral center of the first book who was masterly portrayed on film by Gregory Peck, and often considered the masculine, fatherly ideal. Controversial? Yes. But fascinating? Also yes. Will you be reading the book, in spite of the fact that it may tarnish your perception of Atticus Finch?
American actor Gregory Peck, as Atticus Finch, stands in a courtroom in a scene from director Robert Mulligan's film, 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' 1962. Actor Gregory Peck died June 12, 2003 at age 87 of natural causes in his Los Angeles, California home. (Photo by Universal Studios/Courtesy of Getty Images)
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Ode to Coffee Shop Music

coffee collage

Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness,
       Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
More happy love! more happy, happy love!
/ John Keats, Ode to A Grecian Urn
If it wasn’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.
/ David Letterman

Coffee shops are my happy places. There’s just something about a small space brimming with the sharp smell of roasted coffee and the pleasant din of voices and Macbook keyboards and espresso machine steam that makes me smile. Coffee shops are also usually nicer than my apartment – stylish in glass or steel or sea-weathered wood; and neat, having been cleaned at least once a day, every day – and therefore more pleasant to be in than my place.

They’re also the only readily available locations that I can get any work done efficiently, thanks to my father, who used to refuse to turn off the TV while I was doing homework in the attached, adjacent dining room. He’d holler, “I’m training her to be able to concentrate in any situation!” over the crunching sound of the Undertaker body-slamming Triple H into the ground,

and his “training” worked, kind of: turn on some music, have a conversation in the background, add the noise of one hundred students fidgeting and coughing and scratching at paper with ballpoint pens – oh, great!

But situations involving total silence – libraries, study halls, my apartment – basically all traditional places of study: I can’t concentrate at all.

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