Things we enjoyed this week and hope that you will too! Eudora Welty's photography; Shakespeare & refugees; writers' retreats; airships in Prague; and Roald Dahl festival follow up.
Eudora Welty's photography: Did you know that Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty also published a book of photography, One Time, One Place: Mississippi During the Depression? Welty took the 100 photographs during the Great Depression while working for the Works Progress Administration, and then published the collection in 1971, two years before she won the Pulitzer Prize and just as the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum. Maria Popova at Brain Pickings shares several of Welt's insights into her photographs, storytelling, and capturing a moment.
Shakespearean speech and refugees: In a historical moment eerily similar to our own, tensions were high in London between 1330 and 1550, as 64,000 European immigrants moved to the city. In 1517, violent riots and looting broke out in London, leading then-deputy sheriff Thomas More to try to reason with the mob, urging empathy. The speech given by More was later dramatized in The Book of Sir Thomas More, edited by William Shakespeare and two other writers. Shakespeare contributed 147 lines to More's speech. According to The World Post, this speech was used again last week by US Ambassador Samantha Power at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, where she spoke and advocated for 21st-century refugees. The article contains the text of the speech, and you can watch Ian McKellan and Harriet Walter perform it above.
What do you take on a writing retreat? This is a fun little piece written by Wei Tchou for The Paris Review. Tchou is preparing to go on a writing retreat in Massachusetts and debates the items that would be most useful. There are also reflections on the packing lists of famous writers like Joan Didion and Henry David Thoreau. It's an intriguing question. What's truly necessary and what's not?
Airships in Prague: Get excited, steampunk fans. The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague now has a 138-foot-long and 33-foot-wide zeppelin on its roof. The space is intended to be used for literary-centered events, such as author readings and workshops. It's been named Gulliver, and it's set to open in November or December. I've always wanted to visit Prague....