Friday afternoon is here, and with it, EV’s weekly wrap-up. As you make your weekend plans, take a look at our favorite links from around the web this week:
- Is news coverage of the debt crisis giving you a headache? Yeah, me, too. But in this podcast, our friends at BackStory offer a clear, concise, and even funny history of the national debt (which Alexander Hamilton called “a national blessing”).
- This week the New York Times looked at the growing field of spatial humanities (in which scholars use Geographic Information Systems software to analyze and interpret information). If you haven’t seen these maps illustrating what Robert E. Lee saw at Gettysburg, the construction at Auschwitz from 1943 to 1944, and the spread of witchcraft accusations in Massachusetts in 1692, check ’em out.
- Patsy Cline’s childhood home in Winchester, Virginia, has been restored and will open to the public on August 2. Though we haven’t added Cline to the encyclopedia yet, I’m crazy about her (pun intended), and this video of one of her television performances makes it easy to see why. What a voice!:
And don’t miss this week’s blog posts:
- Landon Carter has some strange dreams (maybe it was the oysters);
- our associate editor reveals his favorite Tom Hanks movie and its connection to William Strachey, whose experience coming to America may have inspired The Tempest;
- the fate of George Howe makes a good case for the buddy system; and
- we posted a rare photo of a soldier from the United States Colored Troops with his family.