Florida’s Fountain of Youth: Magic, Myth, and Endangered Springs

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida's Magical Watersby Rick KilbyAVAILABLE NOWA visual treasure trove of vintage postcards, photographs, and advertisements, this book vividly illustrates how deeply interwoven the mythical Fountain of Youth is in Florida's cultural identity. More than conquistador Ponce de León's fabled quest for rejuvenating waters or a kitschy attempt … Continue reading Florida’s Fountain of Youth: Magic, Myth, and Endangered Springs

Whooping Cranes & Ongoing Survival: Guest Post by Kathleen Kaska

Whooping Cranes’ Battle for Survival Continues Part Two: Escaping the Bullet By Kathleen Kaska In the past five decades since ornithologist Robert Porter Allen and his team of nest hunters searched for the whooping crane nesting site in Canada, the population has slowly increased. Dozens of organizations see to their protection, hundreds of scientists and … Continue reading Whooping Cranes & Ongoing Survival: Guest Post by Kathleen Kaska

The Fight for Equality in Shared Spaces

To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville By Robert Cassanello Available Now Today’s "Occupy" movement churned up some important questions about who gets to use urban public spaces. But in fact, the same issues have haunted U.S. cities for over a hundred years. To Render Invisible takes us back to nineteenth-century … Continue reading The Fight for Equality in Shared Spaces

Modernism’s Literary Pirate, Poet, Pornographer

Samuel Roth: Infamous Modernist By Jay A. Gertzman Available Now "Scholars and citizens with an interest in modern literature and the struggle for frank expression and publication of  candid material in a free society will be captivated by Samuel Roth: Infamous Modernist. I believe every library should own a copy; it's a must-acquire. For those fascinated … Continue reading Modernism’s Literary Pirate, Poet, Pornographer

Decadence, Excellence & Architecture – Another Lesson from the Maya

Maya Architecture: Temples in the Sky by Kenneth Treister Available Now Best known as the sculptor of the Holocaust memorial in Miami, Kenneth Treister turns his expertise of architecture toward the Maya and draws new conclusions about the collapse of their society. In the process, he identifies striking potential parallels to modern day economic concerns … Continue reading Decadence, Excellence & Architecture – Another Lesson from the Maya