Month: April 2015

Rediscovered Stories: Howling Fire Ascending

By Camellia Mukherjee  – I was in middle school and my friends and I, who hated Physics with passion, decided to burn our Physics: Principles and Problems book after class. It was a sunny afternoon.  My apartment was the closest one with an open terrace, so we chose to hold the ceremony there. We crossed the street, our blue, poufy skirts bouncing with every merry stride. Once we reached the […]

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Skull Talk: Wedding Veils Uncovered

– As a hippy Boomer mother of a Millennial bride-to-be, I have rediscovered the obscure, yet expensive, costs associated with apparently mandatory wedding attire such as the bridal veil. Unbeknownst to me, over the past thirty-five years, the veil has become, or has been reinstated as, THE bridal must-have fashion statement. My daughter’s insistence that she must have an $800 item made of netting that she would wear for thirty […]

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Family History Series: Tablets

– The wooden ancestor tablet presiding over my fourth uncle’s ancestral altar tells the complete history of my father’s family—a history that I didn’t discover until my mid-twenties. Early in my life, my father wanted to plant the seed of imagination and poetic lineage in my mind. On the eve of my departure for a graduate school program in creative writing, he spun an elaborate and fantastic story of our […]

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Rediscovered Stories: The Glass Harmonica – Delirium or Delightful? An Interview with Glass Armonica expert William Zeitler

– A Q&A by Jeannette Ronson  According to William Zeitler’s book The Glass Armonica – the Music and the Madness, rumors of the instrument’s music leading to madness snuffed out the glass harmonica fad during the early nineteenth century. Mozart and Beethoven composed music for this instrument that emits eerie and unearthly sounds through the principle of rubbing wet glass. Ben Franklin played his own self-designed glass harmonica of thirty-seven […]

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Skull Talk: Bridges Among Death, Time, and Art

– Last week, when I’d had it up to here with working on my graduate thesis, I wandered off down the Internet’s rabbit trails and ended up reading about England’s bog bodies. Gross, I know. Apparently Northern Europe is littered with peat bogs which over thousands of years have accumulated bodies, some by accident, many put there on purpose. What people didn’t know when some of those first bodies went […]

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Special Call for Submissions: April 3, 2015 – June 19, 2015

– Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects in collaboration with our partner, the Danbury Railway Museum, is spotlighting a caboose from the Museum’s collection. How does this object inspire you? Please submit your responses to us. We accept all forms of literary genres and electronically reproducible visual or audio media. The staff of Poor Yorick and the Danbury of Railway Museum will be choosing up to three entries to […]

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