The Graphic Canon ~ The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
You don’t have to write a book in order to reflect reality. You can also write a book to create reality. Most teen readers, I found, understood this, because they were living their lives to create reality, not merely reflect it.
Reminds me of something William Burroughs said: “The purpose of writing is to make it happen.”
Every poem, every manuscript, every letter, the books she read, photos of her belongings … pretty much every object having to do with Emily Dickinson has either gone online recently or will be getting posted soon. Here’s a guide to the digital Dickinson renaissance:
Emily Dickinson Archive at Harvard University [link]: In fall 2013, Harvard will post its Dickinson holdings (the most extensive in the world). All the handwritten manuscripts and fascicles, plus the complete contents of the two definitive editions of her poems (including variant versions). As well as supplementary material, advanced search functions, and the ability of users to annotate online.
Emily Dickinson Collection at Amherst College [link]: The university of Dickinson’s hometown has posted all of its manuscripts, including 497 poems and 305 letters. Has some search functionality, with more tools and features being added as time goes on.
Dickinson Family Library, 1810-1977 [link]: Ongoing effort to scan and post every page of all volumes in the Dickinson family library, including Emily’s Bible. (Information about this effort is here.)
Recreating Emily Dickinson’s Gardens [link]: Interview regarding the New York Botanical Garden’s 2010 show that recreated the Dickinson family home’s extensive garden, where Emily spent many, many hours. (A video is here.)
[Photo: Mural at West Cemetery in Amherst. From inAmherst.com.]
“In a famous 1939 study conducted by the Rockefeller Institute, a thousand rats were fed a diet equivalent to that of the average American. The rodents developed 39 different diseases of affluence akin to those seen in the human populace. Another thousand rats were fed a calorie-restricted, raw-food diet modeled on the ascetic customs of a long-lived tribe in the Himalayas. Not one rat in the second group became sick in two and a half years.”
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As we reach the end of every year, some websites - most notably Public Domain Review - post a list of authors whose works are entering the public domain on January 1. This causes lots of excitement in certain quarters. The list always gets mentioned on Boing Boing. People blog, tweet, and post to Facebook about all the famous works about to lose their copyright, thus allowing them to be reprinted, mashed up, adapted into other media, etc. What no one ever notices is that this does not apply to the US.
The US is not one of those countries that sees a bunch of new works enter the public domain every year.
In the US, all printed matter published prior to 1923 already is in the public domain.
All printed matter published between 1923-1963 had to have its copyright manually renewed in the 28th year after publication. If copyright was not renewed on time, that work entered the public domain and is currently there. If copyright was renewed on time, that work is still under copyright and will be for years more. A 1923 work that had its copyright renewed will finally enter the public domain on January 1, 2019. Works from 1924 will enter in 2020. And so on.
Everything published in 1978 or after automatically is copyrighted for the life of the author, plus 70 years. Thus, if someone published a book in 1978, then immediately died, that book will not be in the public domain until January 1, 2049. The “life+70” rule does not apply to works published in the US before 1978.
Nothing new will enter the public domain in the US on January 1.
You don’t have to take my word for it. See the info from the US Copyright Office, Stanford, and Cornell:
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