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Topping more than two MILLION views, Crossett Library's "Judge a Book by the Cover" Flickr set, curated by Dean of Library and Information Services, Oceana Wilson, is wildly attractive to book lovers, artists, and designers. The collection, which has developed over the years, showcases seminal book cover designs included in Crossett's stacks, as well as covers and interiors Wilson serendipitously encounters. The magazine spoke with Wilson about the collection, as well as her vision for the library [listen]

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it is a seismograph

Allen Shawn published his fourth book and second biography —Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician. He has previously published Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey, Twin: A Memoir, and Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life. Whether on assignment or propelled by an internal need to share his story, Shawn describes the act of writing as his own “attempt to mediate between something difficult and an audience.” But, despite having written two very different and difficult memoirs about his own life, he says if you want to really know him, listen to his music. [listen]

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Making an Artist

Andy Spence does not display his own work in the office, except for one piece: an 8 x 4-foot test sheet. Kraft paper with a superimposed slide of an older painting he had blown up and silk screened. It looks like a large “M,” crossed out, retraced, crossed out, retraced. “M, like mistake,” he says smiling. [listen]

 
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Play it Right

Sylvan Esso came as close to Bennington as any of their shows would bring them when they played to an adoring MASS MoCA crowd, just 40 miles from the College, in March. The show sold out faster than any of their other spring 2018 tour stops. Meath’s partner, Nick Sanborn, had a hunch. He joked during the show that the venue was probably shoulder-to-shoulder with Meath’s friends and family. He wasn’t too far off. [listen]

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Common Artifacts

Erin McKenny is a collector, and everyone knows it. She collects walnuts and acorns, pressed Queen Anne’s lace, old mailbox numbers, felt samples, and quaint little “Made in Vermont” package stickers. Her office, shared with project manager Holly Andersen, is a cornucopia of textures and treasures sourced from across campus—Andersen, the big and rustic: steam pipes, paned windows, a box of hard hats. McKenny, the wild and small: a splintered wooden E, a “ringer” box, campus posters. [listen]

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What Millennials Want from Work

Career development and work integrated learning expert, Holly McCormack discusses how Millennials are changing the landscape of education and work for themselves and their parent's too. [listen]

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Learning on a Deep Level

"I give assignments to make sure that students are integrating on a deep level. It’s easy to learn concepts superficially, to get familiar with the terminology and to speak in terminology. When I assign something to the class, I’m looking to see if students are able to grasp a concept, if they understand its range and limits, what it means and what it doesn’t mean, and if they are able to apply the concept." Faculty member and psychology expert, David Anderegg talks about why assignments and participation are essential. [listen]