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Vol. LXIII, No. 24
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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FAMILY MATTERS: This film still from “Life. Support. Music” shows Jason Crigler with his wife Monica and baby Ellie, after recovering from a near-fatal brain hemorrhage. The documentary by Eric Daniel Metzgar tracks Mr. Crigler’s family’s optimism and perseverance and was screened at the Princeton Public Library last week.

Library Documentary Chronicles the Story of a Miraculous Recovery, Music, and Love

Dilshanie Perera

Eric Daniel Metzgar’s documentary, Life. Support. Music., which tells the story of guitarist Jason Crigler and his dramatic recovery after a massive brain hemorrhage, was screened at the Princeton Public Library last Wednesday. The filmmaker was on hand to discuss his work.

Lopate Recalls Sontag’s “Closet Humanism,” Seriousness, Enthusiasm in Library Talk

Ellen Gilbert

“Those seeking a hatchet job will be disappointed,” observed writer Phillip Lopate, speaking last week to a Princeton Public Library audience about his most recent book, Notes on Sontag. Acknowledging the “curiously polarized critical responses” that Susan Sontag elicited during her life, Mr. Lopate said that he himself loved her even when she was “wrong-headed.”

Early How-To’s Charm and Inform in “Kites: Fireworks, Physics and Fancy”

Ellen Gilbert

For those who may have been delighted by the antiquated typefaces and illustrations that graced last year’s crop of how-to children’s books initially inspired by the success of The Dangerous Book for Boys, the Cotsen Children’s Library is offering the real thing in its current exhibit, “Kites, Fireworks, Physics, and Fancy,” and there’s no comparison. How could anything compete with seeing John Bate’s 1635 publication, Mysteries of Nature and Art, the book that taught the young Isaac Newton how to make a kite that could be set on fire for flying at night?

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