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Public Domain Day advent calendar #21: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out by Jimmie Cox

The winter solstice arrives today in the US, the day when the sun is down and out of sight for the longest time all year. It’s a good day to break out a song with a similar theme that also … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #20: The Vanishing American by Zane Grey

The American West has long been a cherished place of myth in American imagination. Frederick Jackson Turner may have pronounced the western frontier “closed” in 1893, but in the decades that followed, stories set in the frontier-era Western US, with … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #19: Souls for Sale (photoplay) by Rupert Hughes

“Anything you can do, I can do meta” is a quip that’s been gleefully adopted (literally or in spirit) by philosophers, geeky computer scientists, and performers.  It’s a tweak of a line from Annie Get Your Gun, a show about … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #18: The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

“Art when really understood is the province of every human being.” That’s the opening sentence of The Art Spirit, a book of articles, notes, and addresses by Robert Henri, an American painter and art teacher.   One of the key figures … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #17: Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Prolific humorist P. G. Wodehouse has many fans, both in his native Britain and in his adopted home in the United States.  Due to our differing copyright laws, we in the US get his early work in the public domain … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #16: Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery

“For one glorious, supreme moment, came ‘the flash.’ … It couldn’t be described–not even to Father, who always seemed a little puzzled by it. Emily never spoke of it to any one else. It had always seemed to Emily, ever … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #15: Keen by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Weep him dead and mourn as you may, Me, I sing as I must: Blessed be Death, that cuts in marble What would have sunk to dust! ” The poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay made frequent appearances in print … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #14: Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you’ve been finding these advent calendar posts interesting, you might want to check out some of the other people and organizations that are also promoting the public domain, and the upcoming Public Domain Day. One of the groups that’s … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #13: Safety Last! by Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, and Tim Whelan

Yesterday the Library of Congress announced the latest additions to its National Film Registry.  The registry, which has now been active for 30 years, is intended to list films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”, and to ensure their … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #12: Cane by Jean Toomer

Both the book Cane, and its author, Jean Toomer, resist easy classification. It’s now considered by many literary critics to be one of the major American literary works of its time, but despite admiring reviews, it did not sell widely, … Continue reading

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