Winning Entry, Massey Lectures contest, fall 2015 by Glen Herbert Margaret MacMillan’s 2015 CBC Massey Lectures were about people who have left a mark on their own time, and on ours. Inspired by the lectures, listeners were asked: Who you think will be most remembered fifty years from now? Who will have the greatest impact on our times, and on the … Continue reading “Girl”
Phil Jamison Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and branches of Southern Appalachian Dance University of Illinois Press by Glen Herbert Alex Ross wrote recently in the New Yorker that “when classical-music fans hear that a new Hollywood production has a scene set at the opera or the symphony, they reflexively prepare to cringe. Typically, such scenes give a klutzy … Continue reading Rethinking Appalachia
How a tiny shop changed the landscape of musical instrument manufacturing in North America.
by Glen Herbert
“The woman who lived next door decided that bird-watching might keep me from pestering her daughter and my sister. How could she have known that the act of peering through her binoculars at the orioles nesting in her elms would help fan a spark of interest into a lifelong passion?”
By Michael Runtz Continue reading The Howls of August
Twenty-five men, 350 pounds of supplies, and a chance to change the world.
by Glen Herbert
Continue reading Living in the moment with Adolphous Greely
“I am a naturalist within my own home, which, for various reasons, I seldom leave.”
by David Owen
Continue reading A Naturalist’s Notes
“Listen,” says Nance. “It sounds like rain on a roof.” And it really does. That, it turns out, is the sound of moonshine.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Making moonshine with Roger Lee “Buck” Nance
He might have been the father of natural selection, but Charles Darwin, first, was a father to his children.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Doodling with Darwin’s children
“As I look back, as I say, my life has been a fairy tale … [complete] with all its monsters. I think we have all kinds of characters within ourselves. And sometimes the most important characters we have within ourselves are our demons.”
By Glen Herbert Continue reading Drawing with Tomi Ungerer
“There were catastrophes and mass killings, extraordinary times of evolutionary innovation, and landscapes we can scarcely imagine. All of this is recorded in the rocks beneath us.”
By Glen Herbert Continue reading The universe in stone: An interview with Mark Wilson