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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Late Summer Reading #nlpoli

From the University of Toronto Press:”The years after Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada were ones of rapid social and economic change, as provincial resettlement and industrialization initiatives attempted to transform the lives of rural Newfo… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Late Summer Reading #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Late Summer Reading #nlpoli


From the University of Toronto Press:

“The years after Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada were ones of rapid social and economic change, as provincial resettlement and industrialization initiatives attempted to transform the lives of rural Newfoundlanders.

“At Memorial University in St. John’s, a new generation of faculty saw the province’s transformation as a critical moment. Some hoped to solve the challenges of modernization through their rural research. Others hoped to document the island’s ‘traditional’ culture before it disappeared. Between them they created the field of ‘Newfoundland studies.’

 “In Observing the Outports,  historian Jeff A. Webb illustrates how interdisciplinary collaborations among scholars of lexicography, history, folklore, anthropology, sociology, and geography laid the foundation of our understanding of Newfoundland society in an era of modernization. His extensive archival research and oral history interviews illuminate how scholars at Memorial University created an intellectual movement that paralleled the province’s cultural revival.”

Contents

  • Introduction 
  • Chapter One: Viewing the Universe Through Newfoundland Eyes: The Dictionary of Newfoundland English 
  • Chapter Two: Writing History 
  • Chapter Three: Herbert Halpert and Christmas Mumming in Newfoundland: Collecting Folklore
  • Chapter Four: Cat Harbour: Anthropologists in Outports 
  • Chapter Five: Peopling of Newfoundland: Mapping Cultural Transfer and Settlement
  • Chapter Six: Communities in Decline: The Study of Resettlement 
  • Conclusion
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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: labradore’s Labrador #nlpoli

For your summer reading enjoyment, here are five books on Labrador, courtesy of the always helpful Wallace McLean at labradore:Elizabeth Goudie, Woman of LabradorOriginally published in 1973, Woman of Labrador is Elizabeth Goudie’s enduring and candid … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: labradore’s Labrador #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More Newfoundland books you should read #nlpoli

Yesterday you got Jerry Bannister’s five books on Newfoundland.Today you get an eclectic list from your humble e-scribbler:1.  Jeff Webb,  The Voice of Newfoundland: A Social History of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, 1939–194… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More Newfoundland books you should read #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The ":new" Newfoundland #nlpoli

Every once in a while,  SRBP has featured a list of suggested books either for summer enjoyment or as in April 2006,  for anyone interested in reading about Newfoundland and Labrador.A recent email reminded your humble e-scribbler that it was… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The ":new" Newfoundland #nlpoli

A Puff of Absurdity: Cast Off Discouragement!

I just watched Gordon Laxer give a talk on his newest book, After the Sands. I haven’t read the book yet, but here are my notes from his speech. This is more or less paraphrased with reasonable accuracy (and links!). I had never heard of Laxer before… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Cast Off Discouragement!

A Puff of Absurdity: Cast Off Discouragement!

I just watched Gordon Laxer give a talk on his newest book, After the Sands. I haven’t read the book yet, but here are my notes from his speech. This is more or less paraphrased with reasonable accuracy (and links!). I had never heard of Laxer before… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Cast Off Discouragement!

A Puff of Absurdity: On That Time I Fell and Hurt My Head

I fell on ice a few days ago. My feet were swept clear out from under me, and apparently I injured my brain. At the hospital, they said it’s either a migraine or a concussion, and since I don’t have a history of migraines, and since I wiped out earlie… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On That Time I Fell and Hurt My Head

cartoon life: Books for Tingest are built

Well…. Books for Tingfest are built and sent off and ordered. They will each be a limited edition of twenty. One of those has to go to Library and Archives Canada. I wouldn’t mind keeping one for myself, if that’s alright with you. As to any of the other books I’ve printed and distributed, well… I […] . . . → Read More: cartoon life: Books for Tingest are built

Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

I’ve known Michael for about 25 years. He’s a good friend, activist and writer. Recently he and his partner Natalie shut down their used bookstore in Etobicoke, which had existed in various forms on Lake Shore for 14 years, and will be moving his books… . . . → Read More: Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

Michael LaxerI’ve known Michael for about 25 years. He’s a good friend, activist and writer. Recently he and his partner Natalie shut down their used bookstore in Etobicoke, which had existed in various forms on Lake Shore for 14 years, and will be mov… . . . → Read More: Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

centre of the universe: Money for Nothing

Copyright is, at its simplest form, the method by which creators are paid for their work. It is a registration of an intellectual property (IP). It says “the creator has the right to charge, or not to charge, money for you to use this”. It’s not a form of censorship (and no court would rightfully . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Money for Nothing

A Puff of Absurdity: On Rape on Campus

Since I saw Into the Wild and started reading Krakauer, I haven’t stopped. But this last one took a while to open. It’s about rape on college campuses, specifically in one football-lovin’ town: Missoula.

The book is readable only because the rape scenes are reported factually and “reporter-ly” without any emotional language attached to . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Rape on Campus

A Puff of Absurdity: Finnish Schools: What Do They Have That We Don’t Have?

Everyone’s a buzz about schools in Finland being awesome, so I read a book and some articles and their curriculum documents to figure out what’s so special.

In a nutshell, copying their school system will do little unless we can find a way to copy their entire culture, but let’s look at their structure . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Finnish Schools: What Do They Have That We Don’t Have?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Is same sex marriage a recent phenomenon? Actually, it isn’t. Let me explain. On Tuesday, the odd legal team of David Boies and Ted Olsen (who opposed each other in the infamous Bush vs Gore debacle) will try to build on their previous victories in s… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Is same sex marriage a recent phenomenon? Actually, it isn’t. Let me explain.

On Tuesday, the odd legal team of David Boies and Ted Olsen (who opposed each other in the infamous Bush vs Gore debacle) will try to build on their previous victories in striking down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

centre of the universe: To Print or Not to Print

You’ve heard by now that HarperCollins will be publishing a “new” book by Harper Lee, the author of one of my favourite books, To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee, renowned for being reclusive and very protective of her work, may not have made the decision to publish, and that raises some interesting questions. Questions about . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: To Print or Not to Print

mark a rayner: Breakthrough books and late bloomers

As a “late bloomer” (my first novel wasn’t published until I was 39 and I haven’t had that “breakthrough” book yet), this interactive infographic is kind of reassuring. I hope you enjoy it it too! Alltop loves a good bloomer. Source: Blinkbox Books

PostArctica: Short Story

I woke up this morning and what happened next will blow your mind. I put on the pot for hot water and something extraordinary happened. Then I went to the bathroom and you just wouldn’t believe what happened there. Back in the kitchen I found something awesome. The water boiled and I will never forget . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Short Story

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A renaissance feast for Christmas #nlpoli

Fans of politics in Newfoundland and Labrador have two excellent books that should be at the top of their Christmas gift lists this year.

First among unequals: the premier, politics, and policy in Newfoundland and Labrador is a collection of 12 essays on different aspects of recent politics with an introduction, and an opening and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A renaissance feast for Christmas #nlpoli

A Puff of Absurdity: On Wente’s "It Girl" Article

It’s curious that Margaret Wente is so clear about the errors Klein commits in her new book, when it appears from Wente’s article today, “The It Girl of climate change doesn’t get it,” that she’s looked at “every interview, excerpt and review,” but hasn’t actually read the book.  It reminds me of a film . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Wente’s "It Girl" Article

centre of the universe: Haze: a blog tour

I know you remember when I did the blog tour for Aussie author Paula Weston’s Shadows. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to read the next book in the series. Well. To be honest, I’ve just been waiting and waiting. I mean it SEEMS like a super long time, but really, it’s only . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Haze: a blog tour

Things Are Good: The 7 Common Points in Self-Help Books

“There’s always room for one more self-help book” said every publisher ever. On the other hand, there are too many books and not enough time to read them all (especially if you read self-help books). Having never read one, I was interested in what all the fuss is about then I saw Forbes’ article on . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: The 7 Common Points in Self-Help Books

A Puff of Absurdity: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

I love Nicholas Carr’s book. There are lots of studies and science mixed with many stories and asides and discussions of philosophers and other great thinkers. It reminded me of reading a Bill Bryson book. You get the facts painlessly. And it presents a strong argument for keeping kids (and everyone) off-line when they work, . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

centre of the universe: A Gift of the Prairie

THE BOOK THAT MY POEMS ARE IN IS HERE! THE BOOK THAT MY POEMS ARE IN IS HERE!! Extra points if you can name the reference there. It’s called A Gift of the Prairie and it is published by the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre. This was a project co-ordinated (and edited) by the inimitable . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: A Gift of the Prairie