On Friday night, Ween opened their final weekend run of 2018 with a performance at the newly re-opened The Met Philadelphia. After a lengthy set that featured a mix of fan-favorite songs as well as the first “Freedom of 76” of 2018, Ween returned to the stage to begin what would turn out to be a memorable four-song encore that paid tribute to the late Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of beloved children’s cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants. In the wake of Hillenburg’s ALS-related death last month, Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) shared an anecdote about the band’s longtime connection to SpongeBob. As Deaner noted,I got a call a long time ago from a marine biologist that said he wanted to start a cartoon inspired by Ween’s album The Mollusk. His name was Steve Hillenburg and his idea was to create a Bugs Bunny type cartoon on the bottom of the ocean floor. Ween had been on tour for a long year and we ended up recording and writing the song in one night at Greg Frey‘s studio. It was to teach kids how too tie their shoes and we wrote it really fast and mailed it back on X-mas eve and for once they said “don’t change anything about it, it’s perfect.” It remains one of our proudest legacies and we went on to do a lot of work together with SpongeBob, and the show went on to be the best cartoon of 2 generations. So this is for you Steve. The show wasn’t even on the air at the time mind you. In addition to being inspired by The Mollusk and commissioning “Loop de Loop” for the show, Hillenburg and his team used Ween’s “Ocean Man” as the soundtrack for the closing credits of 2004’s The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie.Back to Philly—When Ween retook the stage for their encore in their first performance since Hillenburg’s passing, they began with a rendition of “Loop de Loop” in his honor, marking just their second time ever playing the song live. They continued in their SpongeBob homage with renditions of aforementioned SpongeBob muses “Ocean Man” and “The Mollusk” before closing the performance with “Fluffy”.You can watch videos of Ween’s encore homage to Stephen Hillenburg in Philly below via YouTube user monihampton:Ween – “Loop de Loop”Ween – “Ocean Man”Ween – “The Mollusk”, “Fluffy”You can also watch the instructional shoe-tying number in from SpongeBob Squarepants below:SpongeBob Squarepants [Ween] – “Loop De Loop”[Video: mariokartOS]Ween will wrap up their 2018 schedule tonight, Saturday, December 15th and tomorrow, Sunday, December 16th with a pair of performances at Port Chester, NY’s historic rock palace, The Capitol Theatre.The band will also host a toy drive during their two-night run at The Cap. Toys collected will be donated to the Port Chester Carver Center, a non-profit foundation that provides individuals and families in the Port Chester community with the resources and support needed to lead productive, healthy, and independent lives. Tickets to Ween’s first night at The Cap are sold out, but you can grab your tickets to Sunday’s show here.Setlist: Ween | The Met Philly | Philadelphia, PA | 12/14/18 Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, The HIV Song, Chocolate Town, Freedom of ’76, The Grobe, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Object, Nan, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, Don’t Shit Where You Eat, Voodoo Lady, The Argus, I Gots a Weasel, Boy’s Club, Never Squeal> Improvisation> Never Squeal, Zoloft, Take Me Away, Fiesta, Buckingham Green, Albino Sunburned Girl, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), With My Own Bare Hands, Happy Colored Marbles, Exactly Where I’m At, Wayne’s Pet Youngin, Touch My TooterEncore: Loop de Loop, Ocean Man, The Mollusk, Fluffy
Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced that they will be moving on in 2019 without longtime bassist Tim Lefebvre as he focuses on a number of other musical projects. He will be replaced at the band’s upcoming January and February dates by bassist Brandon Boone. You can read the band’s statement below:Related: Tim Lefebvre Talks David Bowie, Whose Hat Is This?, & Tedeschi TrucksFor a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates, head to their website here. We wish Tim Lefebvre the best of luck in all his upcoming endeavors. For more information on his various projects, head to his website here.
Load remaining images Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rang in 2019 with their biggest headlining show to date at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE. As per tradition, the group used the celebration to incorporate a theme, “New Year’s stEve”, exploring the various Steves in music history. With Stevie Wonder as the centerpiece of the theme, the Pigeons also incorporated covers of Aerosmith, Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and more to play on the various musical “Steves”.After some pre-New Year’s Eve parties with Midnight North and Magic Beans in Nashville and Covington, the Baltimore psychedelic-funk group made sure the crowd of 2,400 people had a memorable last night of 2018.Kicking off the night at 9 p.m. sharp was the funky Magic Beans, immediately starting into their “Jamboree” jam. The band’s 2018 album Casino Cabaret got some love for the last show of the year with “Mission”, Casey Russell showing off those high “key” skills. After slipping into a heavy bass jam, the Talking Heads’ “Life After Wartime” became a dancey extended jam that made way to the final song, “Contraband”, getting the crowd jumping up with teases of The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache”.Striding onstage adorned in gold-sequined suits, Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Alex Petropulos, and Ben Carrey started their last show of 2018 with their fun “Burning Up My Time,” switching up the ending lyrics for the crowd to find “the steve”. A heavy bass “Offshoot” sandwich was made to order with Aerosmith’s (Steven Tyler) “Sweet Emotion” spread nice and smooth in the middle, making it the first “Steve” debut for the night. After a crowd sing-a-long of “Somethin’ For Ya”, Traffic’s (Steve Winwood) “Medicated Goo” busted out for an old-school dose of funk for the Flockers.The Magic Bean’s Casey Russell and West End Blend horns joined the band onstage for an extended double-decked “Whoopie”, built up with the grooves of Stevie Wonders’ “I Wish” that teased Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” and Wonders’ reggae jam ode to Bob Marley “Master Blaster”. Briefly taking a break off stage for the sequined-Pigeons to turn up the party with their newest track “Yo Soy Fiesta”, Russell and West End Blend horns joined onstage for Wonders’ featured funk jam “Boogie On Reggae Woman”, wishing Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, and Steve Buscemi to all boogie on. Wonders’ “Superstition” came way next, giving the Flock some serious-70s funk that the band hasn’t busted out since 2015, mixing in some dark jams into the usual upbeat funk song. As Schon struck the opening chords to the crowd-pleasing “Poseidon” to finish the first set, a feeling of excitement washed over the crowd as the band took a quick set break to prepare us for the new year.After Stage AE prepared themselves for the final hour of 2018, Pigeons came back onstage all sparkly and busted out their upbeat “Porcupine” that gave room to one of the night’s best renditions of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen”. The crowd pulsed with energy as the band started into the edgy beat, taking it into a psychedelic jam that would be one of the key peaks of the night before washing “Porcupine” back over the crowd. The West End Blend horns joined onstage for Wonders’ “Sir Duke”, Ormont showing off his powerful vocals with a tune that hasn’t seen the Pigeon stage since 2011. An incredible “Drunk People” sequence was next in line, topped with an instrumental Deep Purple’s (Steve Morse) “Smoke On The Water” jam that slipped into Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” and Fleetwood Mac’s (Stevie Nicks) “The Chain”, Ormont projecting the outro lyrics over the sold-out venue as “Drunk People” returned back as a final topping. At 11:50 p.m., “Ocean Flows” began the 10-minute countdown and full-jam mode was pulsing from the stage to the crowd. Ormont rang out a two-minute warning, and as the crowd belted out the lyrics “Nine to five!” balloons rang down over the 2,400 Flockers as an “Auld Lang Syne” instrumental mashup of Wonders’ “Isn’t She Lovely” jump-started the new year.The Pigeon guys kicked 2019 into high-gear with a “King Kong” sequence, adorned with the West End Blend horns and Wonders’ “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Ormont congratulated the crowd on having a happy new year before the band went into the lyrical “Fortress” and Wonders’ “Living For The City”, when Carrey made the crowd cheer as he stomped a balloon onstage that was causing some shenanigans. The band closed out their first set of 2019 with Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Lenny” as the opening to the magnificent “Horizon” to celebrate the people we love to welcome the beginnings of 2019. A wild cheer made up of the largest crowd in Pigeon Playing Ping Pong history returned the band back onstage for a hard, heavy, and hornful “Schwanthem” encore to complete the “New Year’s stEve” show.After an incredible year of playing their first headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the halftime show at Madison Square Garden, meeting John Mayer and Bob Weir, and playing dozens of festivals and hundreds of shows, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has concluded and celebrated a grand 2018. The Flock is at its highest and most energetic than ever before, and we’re excited to see what this year has in store for these groovy, psychedelic Pigeons.Below, you can check out a fantastic gallery of photos from the show courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith Griner.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong / Stage AE / Pittsburgh, PA / 12/31/18Set 1: Burning Up My Time > Offshoot > Sweet Emotion^  > Offshoot, Somethin’ For Ya > Medicated Goo^ , Whoopie*~ > I Wish^*~#  > Master Blaster^*~  > Whoopie*~, Yo Soy Fiesta, Boogie On Reggae Woman*~”  > Superstition*~”  > PoseidonSet II: Porcupine > Edge of Seventeen^  > Porcupine, Sir Duke*& , Drunk People > Smoke On The Water^@  > Abracadabra^  > The Chain^  > Drunk People, Ocean Flows% > Auld Lang Syne > Isn’t She Lovely^@  > Auld Lang Syne >, King Kong* > Signed, Sealed, Delivered*  > King Kong*, Fortress*, Living For The City^*  > Horizon > Lenny^  > HorizonEncore: Schwanthem*Notes:“New Year’s stEve”^ First time played Aerosmith (Steven Tyler) Traffic (Steve Winwood)* w/ West End Blend horns~ w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys# w/ Wild Wild West tease Stevie Wonder“ Last time played 9/05/2015 Stevie Nicks& Last time played 7/06/2011 Deep Purple (Steve Morse)@ Instrumental Steve Miller Band Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks), Outro only% w/ NYE countdown Stevie Ray VaughnPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Stage AE | Pittsburgh, PA | 12/31/18 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith Griner
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic has officially announced his final outing, the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour, which will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate George Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership.Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton & P-Funk will be joined by Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy touring schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, formerly-rainbow-dreaded funk, hip-hop, and rock & roll pioneer.“It’s coming right on time,” Clinton tells Rolling Stone in a new interview, explaining that the announcement is all part of a master plan he conceived a few years ago.“I would love to keep on doing this but I’ll be 78 in a few more months,” he says. “Even though I feel like I’m just getting started, the reality is the group needs to go ahead and keep it going. We’ve got a new vibe in the band, and they’ve been carrying it for the last three years. I’ve been up there representing for people, but they’ve actually been turning the place out. And we’ve been selling out for the last five years, every night.”The name of the tour,“One Nation Under A Groove”, is an ode to the 1978 album and single of the same name. “Funk to me was just that groove that united everything,” he said in the interview. “So you could be funky no matter what kind of music you played. There’s a funk element somewhere that can be put into it. And the idea of one nation with everybody together [applies to] not only one nation, but one planet.”As Clinton prepares to receive his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, he recognizes the countless musicians that have toured with him over the years. “It’s never been about me or no particular thing,” Clinton said. “The whole truth has always been what it’s about. As I’m getting ready to get a lifetime achievement award and all of that, there’s so many people that’s been in the band, it’s hard to even pick who all the people are.” He continues, “So people won’t get to see a lot of people, but still that award will belong to everybody that’s participated in making the P-Funk what it is. It will be for all the people that’s ever been through the P-Funk army.”The tour will kick off Memorial Day Weekend, with tickets for most shows going on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sales will start on February 7th. Head to Clinton’s website for more information.George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic Tour Dates3/10 – Northampton, MA @ Mass MOCA4/11 – Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii4/12 – Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii4/13 – Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii4/14 – Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii5/26 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival5/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre *5/31 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *6/1 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Live *6/4 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage **6/5 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Pavilion **6/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall **6/9 – Columbia, MD @ Capital Jazz Festival6/15 – Tunica, MS @ Gold Strike Casino8/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater **8/3 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery **8/4 – Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino ***8/8 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo **8/10 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo **8/11 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater **8/15 – Denver, CO @ TBA **8/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater **8/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl *** with Galactic, Fishbone and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf** with Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf*** with Zapp, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet and the Blue WolfView All Tour DatesIn addition to the headlining tour, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic also announced that they will be joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for a portion of their tour in Australia, hitting Sydney, Hunter Valley, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth. The Chili Peppers first collaborated with George Clinton over three decades ago, when the funk hero produced their early funk album, 1985’s Freaky Styley. Anthony Kiedis On George Clinton In efforts to bring more people together for this power of music, Live Nation will be releasing the final 500 tickets for all Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane shows, and Hobart (George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are not on that bill). There will also be a final release of general admission tickets in Perth and Hunter Valley. All final tickets will be available today at 9 am local time.For ticketing information and a full list of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Today, 311 and Dirty Heads have announced their plans for a 2019 co-headlining tour. The Interrupters, Dreamers, and Bikini Trill will serve as support in select cities. The reggae-centric tour will begin on July 2nd in Huber Heights, OH and hit amphitheaters nationwide throughout the months of July and August before wrapping up on August 20th in Salt Lake City, UT.A ticket pre-sale period will begin on Tuesday, March 19th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 22nd. You can see below for a full list of upcoming dates. For more information, head to the Dirty Heads website here or the 311 website here.Dirty Heads, 311 Summer Tour7/02 | Huber Heights, OH | Rose Music Center7/05 | Clarkson, MI | DTE Energy Music Theatre7/06 | Tinley Park, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre7/07 | Duluth, MN | Bayfront Festival Park7/10 | Bonner Springs, KS | Providence Medical Center Amphitheater7/12 | Noblesville, IN | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/13 | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion7/14 | Hartford, CT | Xfinity Theatre7/18 | Mansfield, MA | Xfinity Center7/20 | Darien Lake, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheatre7/23 | Gilford, NH | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion7/24 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center7/26 | Wantagh, NY | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater7/27 | Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion7/28 | Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park7/30 | Atlanta, GA | Cadence Bank Amphitheatre7/31 | Charleston, SC | Volvo Car Stadium8/02 | West Palm Beach, FL | Coral Sky Amphitheatre8/03 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre8/04 | Jacksonville, FL | Daily’s Place8/06 | Houston, TX | White Oak Music Hall Lawn8/07 | Austin, TX | Austin360 Amphitheatre8/08 | Dallas, TX | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory8/11 | Chula Vista, CA | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre8/16 | Sacramento, CA | Papa Murphy’s Park8/17 | Portland, OR | Veterans Memorial Coliseum8/18 | Auburn, WA | White River Amphitheatre8/20 | Salt Lake City, UT | USANA AmphitheatreView Tour Dates
Twiddle‘s annual Tumble Down Festival will return for its fourth year on July 26th and 27th at Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park. On Thursday, the popular jam band from Vermont announced the lineup of performers for their two-day music festival, which will include headlining sets from Stephen Marley, Turkuaz, Ghost Light, Kitchen Dwellers, and many more.Related: Twiddle Releases ‘Live From Tumble Down 2018’ Album With Intro From Bernie SandersTumble Down Festival will also see performances from Owl & Crow, The Juantee, Jaden Carlson Band, Nina’s Brew, and The Big Sip. The festival will also feature a special Everyone Orchestra set of Everyone’s Dead, lead by Twiddle’s Mihali & Friends and Matt Butler. Twiddle will also perform a total of five sets throughout the weekend.The first three years of Tumble Down Festival has treated attendees to special guest appearances from artists including Page McConnell of Phish and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, and even a special performance introduction from former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in 2018.Tickets for the Tumble Down Festival 2019 are on sale now here.Twiddle is currently in the middle of their extensive winter tour, with the next performance scheduled for tonight (March 14th) at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR. For ticketing and more information head here.
Canvases in hand But where will Joseph Gaspard ’12 (left) and Olga Zinoveva ’12 hang these jewels? Blown away Jennifer Maggio ’12 rushes to dry her work. Channeling Picasso Eclectica Amid eclectic collections, Olga Zinoveva ’12 shows her work during Deb’s Paint Bar. Artful words Nicole Sliva ’12 (from left) and Amy Sun ’12 pause for a moment to consider a word, and a painting, from Gehrke. Finished product Nina Han ’09 shows off her latest work. True colors Students, equipped with a printout of a Picasso painting, try to imitate the master’s style. Print maker Even Gehrke’s painterly printed cardigan matches the theme of Deb’s Paint Bar. Head of the class Quincy House Co-Master Deborah Gehrke (far left) leads Deb’s Paint Bar with a group of students. Sometimes the scene at Deb’s Paint Bar can resemble a cubist version of the “Last Supper.”Inside the Quincy House master’s residence, a rectangular table is covered with a collage of reproductions of the painting “Head of Seated Woman, 1962,” by Pablo Picasso. More than a dozen students are in a frenzy of creativity to create their own versions of this masterpiece. A selection of top works from past paint bar sessions line the Quincy House lobby. There are student tributes to Van Gogh, Kandinsky, and other masters. Circling the room, House Master Deb Gehrke shows off one student’s work-in-progress above her head.“You’re really getting it!” she says, before rewarding the students with a series of enigmatic quotes from Picasso:Action is the foundational key to all success …Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth …Bad artists copy. Good artists steal …Gehrke explains the methodology behind her annual event, which has been running twice each fall for years. “I want them to use the other side of their brains — I’m into slowing Harvard students down — making them see art and have fun,” she said.Seated beneath a row of historical oil paintings, Nicole Sliva ’12 explains the spirit of the event. “Paint bar was a great opportunity to step away from schoolwork and simply be creative. After the two hours of painting, I found myself incredibly relaxed. It is events like these that make being a Harvard student a unique and amazing experience. I find that the nonacademic activities are just as enriching as the academic ones.” George Joseph Gaspard ’12 signs his work, and the first president observes! Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Whitewash Jennifer Maggio ’12 colors an elongated, alabaster neck. Shared visions Gehrke stands proud with the students of Deb’s Paint Bar. Painted ladies Gehrke offers some pointers amid the artfully bedecked walls of the master’s residence at Quincy House.
Political analyst Michael Tomasky, who writes for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about President Obama’s legacy, and how it compares to Reagan’s.There is not a clear comparison yet, Tomasky said, but he acknowledged that as Reagan shifted the “political gravity” to the right, Obama has shifted it back to the center left. While Reagan’s election and the conservative takeover of Congress in 1980 was clearly a realignment of America’s political makeup, Tomasky said, it is unclear if Obama’s win will be just as realigning – “it depends on what the Democrats do with this new majority,” he said.The most important problem in American politics, Tomasky argued, is hyperpartisanship, which he described as “historically unique.” The Republican Party is extreme in two ways, he said: their policy positions, but also their idea of “politics as constant warfare…that the Democrats are the enemy and have to be crushed.” This way of thinking, he said, “makes the idea of compromising impossible.”With the upcoming deadline for the “sequester” of budget cuts, and many more deadlines after that, Tomasky foresees the Republicans refusing to compromise, no matter what Obama brings to the table. The GOP strategy, he said, “is to keep gumming up government because as long as people think Washington is dysfunctional, they will blame at least part of it on Obama….They’re willing to lose a leg as long as Obama loses a foot.” Read Full Story
1An Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 graphite pencil owned by American poet E.E. Cummings. It’s embossed “Half the pressure, twice the speed.” (MS Am 2847, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 8The removable pocket watch on a crystal inkwell owned by Harry Elkins Widener. (MS HEW 5, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 4A pack of 12 pencils wrapped at both ends with yellow paper and cinched with string. Each pencil is embossed “J. Thoreau & Co.,” where writer Henry David Thoreau was a proprietor. (MS Am 2698, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 7A crystal inkwell with a set-in silver top, owned by Harry Elkins Widener. (MS HEW 5, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 5This slipcase box, addressed to Houghton Library in 1947 and pasted with postage stamps, contained an unsharpened John Thoreau pencil from donor (and Henry David Thoreau biographer) Henry Seidel Canby. (MS Am 2696, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 13From the John Updike Archive, a Carmine Red pencil (above) and a Ticonderoga Checking mechanical pencil. (MS Am 1793, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 2Quill pen used by Friedrich Schiller to write the 1801 play “Die Jungfrau von Orleans.” It came with a leather case and authenticating document. (MS Ger 310, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 10An ivory letter opener, with silver plate, owned by Charles Dickens. “Constantly used by him,” reads an accompanying note. (MS Eng 1748, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 15Charles Eliot Norton labeled this little Rand & Crane box “John Ruskin’s magnifying glass — always in his pocket.” (MS Eng 1704, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 6The hinged lid of a pocket watch, inscribed “H.E.W.,” part of a crystal inkwell owned by Harry Elkins Widener. (MS HEW 5, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 9A brass seal affixed to a handle of dark wood and marked with a mirror image of the initials “CD,” for Charles Dickens. (MS Eng 1747, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 14John Ruskin’s magnifying glass in a shell swivel case with the initials “JR.” (MS Eng 1704, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 12Silver letter opener (paper knife) with pearl handle, formerly belonging to Charles Dickens. (MS Eng 1699, Houghton Library, Harvard University) We get close to long-dead great writers by reading the works they left behind. But there is another way, which can be just as electric and emotional: to see or touch or just be near artifacts from their writing lives.Harvard’s Houghton Library makes such proximal resonance possible. Objects from the lives of literary greats, the things that might have lain on their desktops, are housed in the Z Closet Collection and in other places set aside for material oddities that can’t be cataloged in the usual way. Librarians call such objects “realia” and store them in custom boxes.“We’re good with books and manuscripts, but objects present special challenges,” said Peter Accardo, Houghton’s coordinator of programs. “They demand material expertise and care.”John Ruskin’s magnifying glass — a gift from Harvard’s Charles Eliot Norton, an executor of Ruskin’s estate — is still kept in a century-old box from Boston jeweler Rand & Crane. But housing that old box is a new one, made of acid-resistant paperboard. A similar modern box is where Houghton keeps a pencil owned by E.E. Cummings. It’s tied inside with a cream-colored ribbon.Many such objects at Houghton arrived with more conventional literary materials, like books and letters, but were accepted despite having no direct utility for a literary scholar. Said Accardo: “You can’t very well tell a donor, ‘The library is not interested in T.S. Eliot’s Panama hat or Charles Dickens’ walking stick.’ ”The materials occasionally include fakes, such as the pair of flintlock pistols supposedly owned by George Washington. (They turned out to be inauthentic.) “There’s great traffic involved in objects from literary and historic figures,” Accardo said. But most of Houghton’s artifacts come with proof of origin. An ivory letter opener belonging to Dickens, for instance, is stored with a two-page note from Georgina Hogarth, the author’s sister-in-law and housekeeper.Nearby, propped in a wooden box, is the tiny brass seal Dickens used for letters. It was the size of a thumbprint, and fixed to a dark wooden handle. Accardo peered at it, and then stood up straight. “This is the kind of thing I love,” he said. 3Another view of the 12-pack of unsharpened pencils from “J. Thoreau & Co.” (MS Am 2696, Houghton Library, Harvard University) 11A green-brown morocco case used to house an ivory letter opener used by Charles Dickens. (MS Eng 1748, Houghton Library, Harvard University)
Read Full Story Heart attack survivors who eat more fiber may live longer, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. People who ate the most fiber after a heart attack had a 25% lower chance of dying in the following decade, compared with those who ate the least fiber, the study found. Additionally, researchers found the biggest benefit among those who ate the most “cereal fiber”—from foods like oatmeal, barley and whole-wheat pasta.The study, published April 29, 2014 in BMJ (British Medical Journal), analyzed data from 2,258 female nurses in the Nurses’ Health Study and 1,840 male health professionals in the Health Professional Follow-up Study who had survived a first heart attack, and followed them over a nine-year period.While other studies have found that those who eat a lot of fiber have a lower risk of developing heart disease in the first place, this is the first study that suggests eating more fiber after a heart attack can also be beneficial. “It’s never too late for heart attack patients to start eating healthy and increasing their dietary fiber intake,” lead author Shanshan Li, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, told Fox News.