Samara O'Shea

Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Happy Birthday Dear Edith

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Today is Edith Wharton’s 150 birthday. The NY Times put together a stunning slide show of the life and times of Ms. Wharton (slide 7 of 10 is Grace Church, where I attended while living in NYC). She was a fabulous fiction writer, letter writer, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book The Age of Innocence. Here is the trailer for the film–if only Edith were here to critique it.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, December 16th, 2011

1. Erotica 2. Really old pieces of paper – both make an appearance in an article a friend sent to me: Unrequited love? 16th-century erotic poem discovered in book

Fall Behind

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Happy Daylight Saving Time. Enjoy your extra hour!


The Doting Father

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I had Otto Frank (Anne’s Frank’s father) on my mind last night—don’t ask me why. He occurs to me every now and then. When I visited the Anne Frank Museum in the summer of 2010 I left with a new appreciation for Otto. I guess I had just always thought of the story from Anne’s perspective and not her father’s. The poor man lost both his wife and two daughters in the concentration camps, and he had to try and build a life for himself when it was all over.

I went to his Wikipedia page because I was curious as to whether or not he remarried. He did—about eight years after the fact. While searching for this information I came across a short video of Otto. They play the same video at the end of the tour of the Frank Museum. It’s precious. He talks about the experience of reading Anne’s diary. He felt he had a very good relationship with his daughter, but even he was unaware of the deep thoughts she was thinking. He notes that maybe it’s impossible for parents to really know their children:


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I mentioned Kartemquin Films earlier this month when I shared the trailer for a documentary called On Beauty. They’re a fascinating company. They’ve been making documentaries since the 60s. I came across the trailer of another one of their inviting works. It’s called Typeface and focuses on the past and the future of graphic print. Take a look:

Please Ask Please Tell!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Today we are a little bit closer to “liberty and justice for all.”

Monday Musings

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Happy Monday! The good news today is the Obama campaign has launched a feature called Letter of the Week (or maybe it’s been around for a while and I’m just noticing it). The bad news is, the USPS is still in trouble. Please visit Save the Post Office and see what you can do. I’m walking around with a petition in my back pocket. This clip is from the site: