Minerd.com’s Recommended News Stories and Blog Posts Since Jan. 2020

Here’s my updated list of news articles and blog posts which have impressed me most since the start of 2020, all originally posted on the “Favorite Links” page of my award-winning website, Minerd.com.

These stories have some connection to my favorite themes that help shape the website — Americana, culture, art, journalism, science, technology, faith, history/genealogy, German-ness … and my hometown of Pittsburgh. They cover important issues in our society but do more than just report on the who, what and when. The pieces go deeper which is why I like them.

Valuing a Presidential Library” – by John Payne, The Book Collector, Oct. 21, 2020
22 Online Historical Photo Databases” – Family Tree Magazine, Oct. 21, 2020
Library of Congress and National Park Service Receive Historic Collection on Women’s Rights” – Fine Books & Collections – Oct. 9, 2020
Understanding German Language and Surnames” – by James M. Beidler, Family Tree Magazine, Oct. 2020
The Next Page: Remembering August Wilson” – by Timothy Lydon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 4, 2020
16 Things to Write Down About Yourself for Posterity” – by Allison Dolan, Family Tree Magazine, Oct. 2020
Clarence Wolf: a personal history and perspective” – by Bruce E. McKinney, Rare Book Hub, Oct. 1, 2020
What we saw” – by the Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct, 1, 2020
Philadelphia’s Renaissance Manuscripts” – Fine Books & Collections – Sept. 24, 2020
The Life and Horticultural Art of Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon” – Art & Object – Sept. 7, 2020
Contemporary Collectors: Josiah Kirby Lilly, Part 1” – and Part 2 – by David Randall, The Book Collector Podcast, June 24, 2020
The Internet Archive’s noble mission” – by the Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 24, 2020
The Florence Flood of 4th November 1966” – by Mario Witt, The Book Collector Podcast, June 3, 2020
Books: Maybe We Aren’t Reading Them, But They Still Make Great Props” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Hub, June 2020
Another Valuable Ancient Document Obtained Under Shady Circumstances Likely Heading from the U. S. Back to Iraq” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Hub, June 2020
This Is How Deeply the Coronavirus Changed Our Behavior” – by Zoe Schneeweiss, Dan Murtaugh, and Bloomberg Economics, Bloomberg Markets, May 28, 2020
Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared.” – by Rob Toews, Forbes, May 25, 2020
Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network” – by Barton Gellman, Wired, May 24, 2020
Reminiscences of a California Collector: Mrs. Edward Doheny” – The Book Collector Podcast, May 20, 2020
Wecht: Nation’s ideological split ‘very disturbing’ ,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 17, 2020
Writing about the dead during a pandemic: ‘They are not a statistic or data point’ ” – by Katie Pellico and Brian Stelter, CNN Business, April 25, 2020
Archaeology Is Revealing New Clues About Shakespeare’s Life (And Death)” – The Conversation, April 22, 2020
Beyond Silent Spring” – by Matthew Wills, Fine Books & Collections, Spring 2020
The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun” – by McKay Coppins, The Atlantic, March 30, 2020
City of Antwerp and Google Put 100,000+ Books Online” – Fine Books & Collections, March 25, 2020
Printing and the Mind of Man: The Inside Story” by Percy H. Muir, The Book Collector Podcast, March 18, 2020
We’re Not Going Back to Normal” – by Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review, March 17, 2020
The ‘Internet of Things’ Is Sending Us Back to the Middle Ages” – by Joshua A.T. Fairfield, The Conversation, Feb. 19, 2020
Texas A&M University Libraries to Celebrate Nicholas A. Basbanes Collection” – Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 18, 2020
David Rubenstein Gives $10 Million to Support New Visitor Experience at Library of Congress” – Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 18, 2020
Maine Library Turns Down Offer for 5,000+ Sailing Books and Space to House Them” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Hub, Feb. 2020
You’re never going to have a legacy, so give up trying” – By Olivia Goldhill, Quartz at Work, Jan. 22, 2020
Robert Caro’s Papers Headed to New-York Historical Society” – New York Times, Jan. 8, 2020
May T.S. Eliot letters send an overdue #MeToo message” – by Rafia Zakaria, CNN.com, Jan. 8, 2020
Volcanic Rock Discovery Calls Theories About Life’s Origins Into Question” –Inverse, Jan. 4, 2018 – Pocket, April 2020
On Media: 2019 marks the end of metro daily newspapers” – by Andrew Conte, NEXT Pittsburgh, Jan. 1, 2020
The Smithsonian Explores Collectors’ Magnificent Obsessions” – by Jennifer Howard, Fine Books & Collections, Winter 2020
Playwright Arthur Miller’s Archive Opens to Researchers” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 2020
Financially Squeezed College Is Selling Its Shakespeare First Folio” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Hub, Jan. 2020

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s