Harry Ransom Center http://kut.org en Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas http://kut.org/post/book-news-billy-collins-papers-sold-university-texas <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins has sold his papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/books/poets-archive-goes-to-university-of-texas.html?hpw&rref=books">According to <em>The New York Times</em></a>, his archives include "dozens of notebooks containing observations, notes, doodles, clippings and extensive drafts of poems, published and unpublished. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:18:26 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 9601 at http://kut.org Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas Magnum Photos: Upholding Standards, Adapting to Technology http://kut.org/post/magnum-photos-upholding-standards-adapting-technology <p>Some of the most iconic images of the past decade – from the photos taken of prisoners at <a href="http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult_VPage&amp;VBID=2K1HZOQJNOJSP7">Abu Ghraib</a> to the passengers standing on the wing of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8itHvXd0oM">US Airways Flight 1549</a> after a miraculous landing on New York’s Hudson River – have been taken not by professional photographers, but by amateurs.</p><p>We are sharing more photos per second than ever before in our history, primarily thanks to &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MagnumPhotos">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/MagnumPhotos">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://statigr.am/tag/magnumphotos">Instagram</a>. With all those images available at our fingertips – and with a camera on every smartphone – how do professional photographers stay relevant (and stay employed)?&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:23:00 +0000 David Brown & Jenny Dubin 9001 at http://kut.org Magnum Photos: Upholding Standards, Adapting to Technology A Narrated Look at the Magnum Photos Archive http://kut.org/post/narrated-look-magnum-photos-archive <p><a href="http://www.magnumphotos.com/">Magnum Photos</a> was founded in 1947 as a photographer’s co-op. Created by photojournalists with the memory of World War II fresh in their minds, Magnum’s cooperative format allowed for an artistic, unvarnished look at photography.</p><p>Since 2009, the 200,000 photos in the Magnum Archive has resided at UT’s Harry Ransom Center. And, <a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/dell-led-trio-to-donate-magnum-photo-archive-to-university-of-texas/?_r=0">thanks to a recent donation</a>, the archive will stay there.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115981445" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8971 at http://kut.org A Narrated Look at the Magnum Photos Archive At UT's Ransom Center: Sports, Literature, and Why a 60 Year Old Baseball Game Still Matters http://kut.org/post/uts-ransom-center-sports-literature-and-why-60-year-old-baseball-game-still-matters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97466060" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.willacather.org/">Willa Cather</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo">Don DeLillo</a> are literary names not primarily associated with sports writing.<br><br>However, Cather, who attended the University of Nebraska and was an avid football fan, penned in 1894 a short ghost story about football titled "The Fear That Walks at Noonday." In 1997, DeLillo’s “<a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11761.Underworld">Underworld</a>” was famously framed by the 1951 National League Championship game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:57:33 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8148 at http://kut.org At UT's Ransom Center: Sports, Literature, and Why a 60 Year Old Baseball Game Still Matters Harry Ransom Center Names New Director http://kut.org/post/harry-ransom-center-names-new-director <p>The University of Texas announced Stephen Enniss, the current head librarian of the<a href="http://www.folger.edu/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Folger Shakespeare Library</a>, has been named the new director of the <a href="http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">Harry Ransom Center.</a></p><p>“The Ransom Center is among the finest research libraries in the country with unparalleled holdings and a storied past,” Enniss said in a statement. &nbsp;"I am honored to join my new colleagues there in helping to extend further its important and ongoing cultural work.”</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 18:01:15 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7261 at http://kut.org Harry Ransom Center Names New Director Back to the Future: Major Retrospective of Designer Norman Bel Geddes Opens http://kut.org/post/back-future-major-retrospective-designer-norman-bel-geddes-opens <p>Artist, author, city planner, design star and futurist Norman Bel Geddes may not be a household name. But his retro-futuristic designs<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>most iconically captured in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurama_(New_York_World's_Fair)" target="_blank">the “Futurama” exhibit</a> at the 1939 New York World’s Fair<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>inspire an entire generation of artists, designers and filmmakers to this day.</p><p>“<a href="http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2012/normanbelgeddes/">I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America</a>” is a sprawling exhibit opening at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus today, charting Bel Geddes’ evolution for an Art Deco-inspired theater set designer to perhaps the most important futurist of his time.</p><p>“He is a man of all trades,” says Helen Baer, Associate Curator of Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center. “He can do theater design, industrial design; he also gets into city planning and urban planning later on in his life. And he is also a successful author. So he does a little bit of everything, and he’s for the most part self-taught."</p><p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:53:30 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5061 at http://kut.org Back to the Future: Major Retrospective of Designer Norman Bel Geddes Opens On David Foster Wallace’s Birthday, Consider the Ransom Center http://kut.org/post/david-foster-wallace%E2%80%99s-birthday-consider-ransom-center <p>Today, Feb. 21, marks what would have been <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2012/02/46-things-to-read-and-see-for-david-foster-wallaces-50th-birthday">the 50<sup>th</sup> birthday</a> of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace">David Foster Wallace</a>.</p><p>The postmodern author &ndash; famous for his sprawling novel <em>Infinite Jest</em>, and collections of essays and reports &ndash; would be 50 years old today. Suffering from depression, Wallace took his life in 2008.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:24:17 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3701 at http://kut.org On David Foster Wallace’s Birthday, Consider the Ransom Center Top Morning Stories October 10, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-october-10-2011 <p><strong>Ransom Center Acquires Coetzee Archive</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/">The Harry Ransom Center</a> at the University of Texas at Austin has <a href="http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/press/releases/2011/coetzee.html">acquired the archive</a> of Nobel-prize winning author J. M. Coetzee. Coetzee was born in South Africa, but received a Ph.D. in English, linguistics and Germanic languages from UT in 1969. He taught at the university briefly in 1995 in the<a href="http://www.utexas.edu/academic/mcw/"> Michener Center for Writers</a>. Coetzee came to UT to speak at the 100th anniversary of the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/">Graduate School</a> in May 2010. A video of his speech can be found <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/know/2010/05/21/nobel_laureate_coetzee/">here</a>. The archive contains documents and materials spanning more than fifty years.</p><p><strong>Bastrop Town Hall Meeting</strong> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:35:44 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2702 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories October 10, 2011