News from the Archive 0007: Librivox, Back Forty, It’s a Gas!

No. 7, 15 February 2013

Thanks!

We’re grateful to everyone who helped with our end of the year campaign to get four new Petaboxes; that’s four thousand terabytes of storage. We look forward to filling the fifteen hundred plus hard drives with all sorts of interesting material. Stay tuned!

From the Archive’s Mailbox

I just want to thank you for existing. I suffered a concussion three weeks ago, and your audio books have been a huge blessing as I’m not allowed to do whole lot while I recover, but listening to audio books like Harry Potter is one of the few things I am allowed to do, and those things are so expensive to buy that I could only afford to buy one, fortunately after I finished that one I found you. Anyway being able to listen has kept me sane over these last few weeks and I want to thank you for that.

— Karren

You’re welcome; here’s the entire collection:

http://archive.org/details/librivoxaudio

Picks from the Archive

More Dangerous Than Dynamite

We’ve all had this experience: we’re tired, or just trying to save a few dollars, so we decide to skip a trip to the dry cleaners and clean our clothes with gasoline in the kitchen. Well, it turns out this practice can be dangerous, as this film from the Prelinger Archives demonstrates.

And the special effects are, well, really special.

http://archive.org/details/more_dangerous_then_dynamite

http://archive.org/details/prelinger

 —recommended by Gareth Hughes

Back Forty Live at Founders on January 19, 2013

The band’s Internet site claims that their music combines, “funk, bluegrass, rock, folk, reggae, Irish, jazz, experimentation, blues, and swing elements.” Have a listen and see if you don’t agree.

http://archive.org/details/bk402013-01-19

 —recommended by Sally McDermitt

The English Dance of Death, from the Designs of Thomas Rowlandson; 1903

This book is split into two volumes and was originally published in twenty-four monthly parts (1814-16). The subject beautifully portrays the “necessary end” of us all using superstition, highly artistic engravings and skillfully written poetry: “… but frolic nature will undo, the works of art and genius too …”, “… justice slept, while reason saw the deed and wept …” This is a literary gem that lets any curious reader contemplate their journey to the grave.

http://archive.org/details/englishdanceofde00comb

http://archive.org/details/englishdanceofde01comb

 —recommended by Atlas D. McLamb III


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—David Glenn Rinehart

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6 Responses to News from the Archive 0007: Librivox, Back Forty, It’s a Gas!

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