This week at the Archive | 28 November 2011

Man-Eaters of Kumaon

I was shooting with Eddie Knowles in Malani when I first heard of the tiger which later received the official recognition as the “Chapawat man-eater.”

That’s how Jim Corbett began his 1944 book, Man-Eaters Of Kumaon. On one hand, it’s an interesting, suspenseful page-turner. On the other hand, it’s also a glimpse in the colonialists’ view of Africa that’s alternately amusing and disturbing.

— recommended by Boulaye Traore

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique”

The inimitable style of Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra more than compensates for the less than optimal audio quality of this 1938 recording. Definitely worth a listen if you think all recordings sound more or less the same.

— recommended by Byron Hansen

Earth Time-Lapse View from Space

This is so cool.

I had to convince my daughter that the aurora borealis in the video is real and not CGI. Also, the lightning is awesome.

— recommended by Jeff Kaplan

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