Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NYC's autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh's beer festival, a device that reads your thoughts and more

Reflecting on Toni Morrison’s Life, From Her Point of View The first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize, a Pulitzer prize winner for penning Beloved and a mentor to millions, among many other things, Toni Morrison lived unapologetically but with unmatched empathy, intelligence and insightfulness. She famously told Terry Gross (of NPR’s Fresh Air) that she “regret[s] everything” about her life. She explained in …

Millions of Books Entered the Public Domain

Thanks to a project funded by the New York Public Library (and spearheaded by two of its employees), millions of books published before 1964 will soon be free to download and read. Historically, books published before 1964 were subject to a 28-year copyright term and after those years passed, the books would (likely, aside from exception) become public domain if the publisher or author did …

Karen Rosenkranz Documents Migration from Urban Centers to Small Towns in “City Quitters”

22 stories seek to explain why people flee energetic habitats for sparser spaces

Migrating from New York City (with a population just over 8.6 million) to Hudson, New York (just under 6,300) could prove shocking for many, let alone someone that feeds off the chaos and cultural collisions found within big cities. But, as author Karen Rosenkranz presents in her new book, City Quitters, more and more people are mustering up the courage to move on from megacities …