26 April 2020

Sequestering Arts | Part 2: Podcasts, Virtual Tours, Reading Resources, & Quieting/Meditation

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Sequestering Arts | About this series:

With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (link to the CDC info site), many people are stuggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. My goal is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.


  • A Piece of Workhttps://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/pieceofwork
    "Everything you want to know about modern art but were afraid to ask. Hosted by Abbi Jacobson."
  • National Public Radio (NPR) | Podcastshttps://www.npr.org/podcasts/National Public Radio airs a range of podcasts. See their main directory (with links) here.
  • Hit Parade | Slatehttps://slate.com/podcasts/hit-parade
    Description: "
    Chris Molanphy's 'Hit Parade,' from Slate, isn't the kind of podcast you dip into on the commute. It's more the kind of thing you cancel all your evening plans for. The Bridge trivia episodes, in which Molanphy competes with listeners on music trivia, are fun but it's the major themed episodes that are the real star. Get into the three phases of the Bee Gees; the power of posthumous hits or the chart history of show tunes with Molanphy's meticulously researched deep dives that treat No.1 records with the respect they deserve."
  • Dolly Parton's America https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america
    From the website: "In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a 9-part journey into the Dollyverse. Hosted by Jad Abumrad, creator of Radiolab and More Perfect."


Virtual tours are really picking up -- lots of people needing to be out and about (but who are able to manage that they are not able to, unlike some protesting sorts . . . my apologies on behalf of the universe for those types in WI.)


These resources are for your reading or for helping writers/authors/people from the past have their words available to us in the present.
  • University of Pennsylvania | The Online Books Page

    Listing over 3 million free books on the Web - Updated regularly

  • Library of Congress | Classic Books

    Turn the pages to explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online.

  • Travel Literature from the 19th century
    NOTE: Using a Kindle reader? See the WikiHow article https://www.wikihow.com/Put-Books-on-a-Kindle

    • Robert Louis Stevenson  (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894)
      • See see this article, "Robert Louis Stevenson: The Father of Modern Travel Writing"

        Some titles (public domain):
        • Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, 1879 | Via Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/535
          ... describes Stevenson’s hiking trip with a recalcitrant donkey in the Cevennes, in South-Central France.

        • An Inland Voyage, 1878 | Via Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/534
          "recounts a canoe trip Stevenson and his friend Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson made in 1876. Setting out from Antwerp, Stevenson (in the Arethusa) and Simpson (in the Cigarette) paddled through Belgium and France along canals and the Oise River. Much of the travelogue relates adventures the two men had along the way. Some of the more notable incidents include the travellers’ inability to use an Etna stove, watching a marionette show, and “being continually wetted with rain” (p. 91). At one point, Stevenson was left clinging to a tree after his canoe was swept away."

      • Isabella Bird (15 October 1831 – 7 October 1904)
        A nineteenth-century British explorer, writer, photographer, and naturalist. More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Bird

        Some titles (public domain):

  • Transcribe the words/work of others

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Source/Image Credit | yaroshenko_sunset | Public Domain via Flickr
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