Category: Supplements

Rediscovered Stories: Rattlesnake Tweets

 by Carolyn Bernier What [does] it feel like to be the world’s best-known museum button? @MPMsnake1 @CarolynBarolyn I’m happy to have rattled my way into so many hearts.2 -Twitter conversation between the author and the Milwaukee Public Museum’s rattlesnake button, August 24 and 29, 2016. The rattlesnake button at Milwaukee Public Museum is locally famous. Since 1966, the rattlesnake button has existed on the side of a plastic boulder next […]

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Rediscovered Stories: The Fight Between Carnival and Lent by Pieter Bruegel

by Beth D. Man – The Fight Between Carnival and Lent was painted in 1559 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a Renaissance painter and printmaker from the province of Brabant, Belgium, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes. Art historians sometimes refer to him as the “Peasant Bruegel,” not only to describe his subjects, usually laborers and peasants, but also to distinguish his works from those of his two sons.1 The […]

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Author Interview: Lea Graham on “Rumors at the Blackstone Canal” and the Manuscript From the Hotel Vernon

by Carolyn Bernier – PY: What is your connection to the city of Worcester, Massachusetts? I moved to Worcester from Chicago in 2000, following a former spouse who had just gotten a job there. I lived there for seven years, teaching in various colleges and universities, most notably Clark University. I didn’t really like Worcester for most of the time I lived there. I found it gritty and hard to […]

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Rediscovered Stories: Poetry and Painting: An Interview with Author Jean L. Kreiling

by Camellia Mukherjee – There is a longstanding relationship between poetry and painting. In 1951, at the Museum of Modern Art, Wallace Stevens delivered a lecture in which he explored the parallel elements of poetry and painting. He defined four main areas of influence: “sensibility, subject matter, technique, and aesthetics.”1 As a writer, I am often drawn to other art forms. When I listen to music, I sometimes play the same […]

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Rediscovered Stories: Charles Gruppe and The Hague School Influence

by Kevin Hudson – Charles Paul Gruppe was born in Picton, Ontario, Canada. At ten years of age, after the death of his father, he moved with his family to Rochester, New York, where he taught himself to paint. The family decided to travel around Europe, and eventually Charles settled in a fishing village1 in Holland just outside The Hague, around 1897. There, he was influenced by The Hague School, a […]

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Rediscovered Stories: Poet Robinson Jeffers’s Sanctuary: Tor House

by Jeannette Ronson – Most poets and writers dream of a reclusive retreat on a beach where the only sounds are the lapping of waves and the screech of seagulls. American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) not only dreamt it but also built it. Assisting in the construction of his granite home known as Tor House facing the Carmel-Big Sur beach, his philosophy for living in awe of nature pervaded his physical […]

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Rediscovered Stories: Work, Warmth, and the Straw Hat of Vincent van Gogh

by Catherine D’Andrea – “What one wears on the outside reflects what goes on in the heart.” —Anna and Dorus van Gogh (parents of Vincent) Hats provide protection against the elements and express our sense of style. Hats, caps in particular, can also signify our interests and associations: athletic, academic, professional, and commercial, among others.1 With a few exceptions, rules of etiquette pertaining to hats have eased in the Western […]

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Rediscovered Stories: Monster or Messenger

by Camellia Mukherjee – The praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) has been known over decades for its fierce hunting techniques. I was first introduced to this insect, or the “monster,” as perceived by many of my friends, in fifth grade when I read “A Shocker on Shock Street” in the famous Goosebumps book series. The enormous green eyes searching for a kill, the sharp bloody beak, and the long legs rampaging […]

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Rediscovered Stories: Three Monkeys

by Catherine D’Andrea – Variations on the three monkeys, known to us as “Hear No Evil,” “See No Evil,” and “Speak No Evil,” have been found throughout the world for centuries. They appear on dinnerware and other household items, on fabrics and furnishings, and in architecture, as well as in sculptures of fine art and mere keepsakes. Popular for their simple appeal and relatable message, they are collected by people […]

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