Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

Speaking Out!
Voices in Celebration of Intellectual Freedom

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” –ATTRIBUTED TO VOLTAIRE Historians believe this sentence was first used by S. G. Tallentyre (AKA E. Beatrice Hall) in quoting a letter written by Voltaire. Norbert Guterman suggests that the quotation may be a paraphrase of a [...]

Divide and Conquer:
Poland and the Holocaust

Once during my 2005 book tour with A Polish Son in the Motherland, I was speaking and signing books at the Forest Hills branch of the Queens Library in New York. The program was billed as “An Afternoon of Polish Culture” and included a performance by the Polonaise Folk Dance Company. Although my book is [...]

Onstage Interview with
Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik

Mikes Fail, Lights Flash, but Stone and Kuznick Forge Ahead Oliver Stone, the Academy Award–winning writer and director of Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, and other films, and Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University and the author of [...]

Recommended Reading:
The Boy Who Wanted Wings

The wings wanted by the hero of James Conroyd Martin’s splendid historical novel The Boy Who Wanted Wings are those worn by the hussars, elite Polish winged horsemen who fought the invading Turks in 1683 and changed the course of European history. The boy is Aleksy, a dark-complexioned Tatar raised by a Polish peasant family, [...]

Tribute to Joan Gartland
Librarian, Poet, Feminist

Joan Gartland was a dear friend and colleague for many years. She was always something of an enigma to me. In the 1970s and ‘80 she was devoted to poetry and feminism and social responsibility but without the hippy accoutrements of the times. Religious but impatient with religion, she identified herself as Episcopalian. “You know, [...]