This will probably be a recurring feature, because… yes.
- The scuzzy salmon-pink Chucks Robert De Niro wore in Great Expectations.
- Knopf rejection sheets for works by Joyce Carol Oates, V.S. Naipaul, Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie.
- David Mamet’s (extremely detailed) baby book, complete with report cards from pre-school–apparently he handled scissors very safely.
- Houdini’s collection of magic-related manuscript materials.
- Ms. for a minor Beckett work, which I needed to measure in order to answer a patron’s query.
- A rather accomplished landscape sketch by Charlotte Brontë, with a title written in by her mother.
- Publicity photographs of a famous blackface performer, in and out of costume and paint.
- Ink on paper self-portrait by Henry Miller. T. was disappointed to learn that the self-portrait was not at all pornographic.
- A small model concept car designed by Norman Bel Geddes that looks far more like a spaceship than like an automobile.
Not much to report otherwise; I’m studying French like a fiend, doing dissertation-related reading, and working up grant proposals for an exciting new digital humanities project in our department. More on that once we have a good demo up, I hope.