Month: September 2014

Skull Talk: Lebanon Town Green

Town greens are a piece of history that lie in many European and colonial American towns. Some are forgotten stretches of grass you may pass on your way to work. The green in Lebanon, CT is one such place. It is steeped in rich, deep history. The Lebanon green is surrounded by historical houses and buildings including former Governor Jonathan Trumbull’s house, the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. house, the William Williams […]

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Oldest Book Contest!

– The Poor Yorick staff has been searching through their bookshelves trying to find their oldest books. We started a little competition among our staff which led to a contest for our readers. We want to see your oldest book. Search your shelves and snap a photo. Send your photo to pooryorickmedia@gmail.com. Include the title, author, and copyright date. We’ll be sharing photos on our blog and social media sites. […]

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Skull Talk: The Idle Hitching Post

– Cars whiz by going fifty to sixty miles per hour down High Ridge Road in North Stamford. The road serves as a main conduit for working people living in exclusive northern neighborhoods to get to their corporate jobs in Stamford or to catch a train into New York City. What was originally a dirt path for farmers to cart their goods to the Stamford market that once huddled close […]

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Welcome to Project Book Lust!

When my aunt moved from Boston to San Diego this spring, she dropped off a trunk of old books on my porch. Great, I thought. More stuff to fill my 1,000-sqft house, where storage space is already at a premium. But I had some options. I could unload them—either donate them somewhere, or place them curbside. I could keep them—find a closet to shove them in, or learn something about […]

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Skull Talk: Connecticut’s Stone Walls

– I grew up in a rural town in eastern Connecticut. One of the fascinating parts of the rural landscape are the miles and miles of old stone walls. As an adult, I moved to a suburban town in Connecticut where most of the stone walls are recent additions and part of landscaping projects. Perhaps that’s when and why I noticed the history and culture of the stone walls I […]

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Flashes of the Past: Fragile Control of the Mind

  Poor Yorick is launching a book review section called “Flashes of the Past” in an effort to find literature, art, and material culture lost to time. The inspiration for this came from Faulkner’s review of The Old Man and the Sea in the third issue of Shenandoah. Like many great works, Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, published in 1952, has over the years slipped through the cracks […]

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Meet Poor Yorick’s Museum Partners!

Our mission is to identify and encourage writing and other artistic works inspired by lost objects and images of material culture. What better way to locate these rousing artifacts and the resulting creative productions than to work with the organizations dedicated to their preservation: museums and historical societies! The following five institutions have committed to working with us to accomplish our objectives, and we are proud to call them partners. The […]

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Welcome!

–   Welcome to the launch of Poor Yorick’s blog! We will supplement the content of the journal here with occasional news and several features. Thursdays will feature Flashes of the Past book reviews, where staff and contributors will review potentially overlooked books published prior to 2000. Friday will feature Skull Talk, which will spotlight images of objects and places staff have visited or stumbled upon and want to bring […]

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Museum Spotlight: The Mattatuck Museum

–   What the Mattatuck Brings to Light Poor Yorick proudly introduces the Mattatuck Museum as one of our partners. The museum is a cultural and historical gem in the heart of downtown Waterbury, Connecticut. The mission of the Mattatuck Museum is to be “a center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and our […]

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