Thursday, May 3, 2012


‘Minds Like Empty Rooms’

“I arrived in the first grade, literate, with a curious cultural assimilation of American history, romance, the Rover Boys, Rapunzel, and The Mobile Press. Early signs of genius? Far from it. Reading was an accomplishment I shared with several local contemporaries. Why this endemic precocity? Because in my hometown, a remote village in the early 1930s, youngsters had little to do but read. A movie? Not often—movies weren’t for small children. A park for games? Not a hope. We’re talking unpaved streets here, and the Depression. . . .

“Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.”

—Nelle Harper Lee, author, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960), in 2006 letter to Oprah magazine.
(Thanks to alert WORDster Javan Kienzle)

• Editorial Comment: I’ll never forget the day I read a book.

• Yesterday’s WORD: Sweet Old Poop Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from the British Parliament, who said Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run his global mega-NewsCorp? Click here.

News from our award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café 
Journalism prof known as quirky, dedicated, passionate, inspirational, by Kristi Ottley

Parking at River Heights park has neighbors at odds with city, by Sean O’Sullivan
False ID makes Logan woman’s underage drinking trouble worse, by Steve Kent

Humane Society volunteers give loving care to homeless pets, by Jimena Herrero

Blind in a sighted world: Independence means everything , by Chris Lee
Herbal remedies, natural medicine growing more popular, by Tmera Bradley
Mongolian journalists visit USU to develop partnerships, by Rebecca Holliday
Swapping schools: Logan, Cache districts accommodate requests, by Tara Alvey
GRAMA request reveals missing faculty conflict-of-interest forms, by Caitlin Moffitt
ACL injury lands snowboard pro in months of rehab, by Josh Ruggles
History named top teaching department at USU in fierce competition, by Allie Jeppson
Astronomer warns of ‘Death from the Skies’ in Science lecture, by Mary Stocking
Commencement 2012: Aggies have less debt than national average, by Kristi Ottley
Aggies team up with Nike to launch new ‘look’, by Rebecca Holliday
Aggies TV News—Cache Rendezvous (April 25)

 PeezPIX by Ted Pease 

Catalog here
Lulu the Bighearted Dog left us much too soon. 
2002-2012 RIP

1 comment:

  1. Laugh-In blackout from 40 years ago:
    Goldie: I don't know what to get my boyfriend for his birthday.
    Ruth: How about a book?
    Goldie: He already has a book.