Month: September 2017

New York’s Letter System

While I was staying at the Roosevelt in New York for a writers’ conference, courtesy of my dad donating his vacation points, I stumbled upon a U.S. Mail letter chute. It was showcased almost like a piece of art in between the various elevators in the hotel. I became curious about how this system was used, and how it came to be, so I did a little digging. Turns out […]

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Islands of Refuse

By Diane Van Hook Giant islands of plastic garbage are floating in the ocean right now. Within the five major ocean gyres, or large systems of circulating currents (North & South Pacific, North & South Atlantic, and Indian Ocean), plastic refuse that has washed out to sea has accumulated into ocean-made mobile islands of the stuff. The largest is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, whose minimum measurements put it between […]

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Stellar Companions and Objects in New Contexts

By Melissa Johnson Despite humanity’s eager search for life outside of Earth, space continues to present itself as an inhospitable, frozen vacuum whose only sources of warmth and light are the countless stars scattered across the universe. It can be tempting to anthropomorphize these balls of fire, to project life elsewhere anyway, despite evidence to the contrary. A glance into a clear night sky reveals stars in many colors, depending […]

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Museum Spotlight: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects is pleased to announce a partnership with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The museum opened in the summer of 1998 near Foxwoods Resort Casino and is dedicated to both preserving and advancing the culture of indigenous groups of the northeastern United States, especially the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The museum showcases nine permanent exhibits and features a gallery […]

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