Capturing the Nostalgia of the Scholastic Book Fair: Critical Linking, November 8

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Scholastic Book Fair nostalgia suffuses social media, from Twitter to Tumblr to Instagram to Facebook. “not to sound dramatic but the scholastic book fair in elementary school is the most pure and genuinely happy place i’ve ever experienced in my life,” says one Tumblr post. “Marry someone who makes you feel the way you felt during scholastic book fair week in grade school,” says a tweet.

Is there anything better than a Scholastic Book Fair? I think not.

Classicist Emily Wilson has made the first translation of The Odyssey by a woman. Her version, writes Wyatt Mason at The New York Times, approaches the text afresh, apart from the chattering conversations between hundreds of years of previous attempts. “Wilson has made small but, it turns out, radical changes to the way many key scenes of the epic are presented,” notes Mason. This translation is a corrective, she believes, of a text that “has through translation accumulated distortions that affect the way even scholars who read Greek discuss the original.”

Another one for the TBR.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio, is best known for its raucous and dramatic induction ceremonies. But it also has a quieter side: a library and archive, full of research materials, artifacts and memorabilia, and shelves and shelves of old records. Earlier this year, the Rock Hall advertised that they were looking for a new librarian, a position that, judging from the response to Atlas Obscura’s story about it, is up there on many people’s list of dream jobs.

A day in the life of a Rock ‘n’ Roll librarian.

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