Some Holiday Recommendation

Bill Caraher

As we approach the end of the year and the holiday season, it seems like a good time to share a few of my favorite things.

Let’s start with this version of “My Favorite Things” played by Sun Ra and featuring John Gilmore performed in 1977 and released on the album Unity:

Next, I’m doing a bit of an excavation project and bringing back to the surface this podcast that was originally released as part of the Professor Footnote podcast series developed by Brett Ommen and Joel Jonientz. The podcast is long defunct and the episodes have started to vanish from the internet, but this episode is a clever historical reading of American Christmas. Download it here.

Then, I want to highlight the start of a great series of conversations called Ornament Histories produced by Matt Baumann. They’re just getting started, but the first one is definitely worth the time:

mindful_singlepage_final_6-01If you’re looking for something to read this holidays, check out the newest book from our friends at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Rebecca Romsdahl’s Mindful Wandering: Nature and Global Travel through the Eyes of a Farmgirl Scientist. It just came out last week and is a thoughtful and thought provoking global journey that will make you think a bit more broadly about how we live in the world today and what we can learn from “flyover country.” Download it for free here or pick up a paper copy for $15.

Finally, if you’re like me and vaguely panicked about the last few people on my holiday shopping list, you could alway surprise them with a subscription to North Dakota Quarterly! And if NDQ doesn’t float your boat, If you can, consider buying a book from a small presssubscribing to a literary journal (like our UNP stablemate, Hotel Amerika), or otherwise supporting the arts.

Thanks so much for reading NDQ.


Bill Caraher is the editor of NDQ.

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