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2006


The Austin Chronicle

"The HRC's Beckett Online: Googling for Godot"
December 22, 2006

This Austin Chronicle article delves into the Ransom Center's Samuel Beckett online exhibition, which allows access to "deeper layers of information, and more interactive and multimedia components" of Beckett's first edition books, drafts of plays, novels, and more.


The Austin Chronicle

"Out of Commission"
September 29, 2006

Robert Faires gives us the "lost saga" of Feliks Topolski's paintings, from its early beginnings to its current exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center. Faires notes about the paintings, "They seem about as improbable as lizard skin boots on Victoria Regina: 20 oil portraits of leading figures from the British literary scene at a university deep in the heart of Texas."


KUT

"U.T.'s Ransom Center Presents Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate"
September 19, 2006

KUT highlights "The Legacy of Watergate: Why it Still Matters," the two panel discussions hosted by the Ransom Center to celebrate the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers. "Watergate and Presidential Accountability" included professors from government, law, and public affairs while "Watergate and the Media: Did the System Work?" discussed the role of the media in the Watergate scandal. Links to the audio from each panel discussion are available.


American Photo

"Ransom Center Acquires Arnold Newman Archive"
September 19, 2006

American Photo highlights the significance of photographer Arnold Newman's archive. The article quotes Director Thomas F. Staley as saying, "With this acquisition we add to our collections not only the works and papers of a renowned photographer, but also important, revealing images of many of the 20th century's most celebrated figures in culture, science and politics."


Austin American-Statesman

"The exhibitionist's song"
September 5, 2006

Roger Gathman's article, "The exhibitionist's song" describes the Norman Mailer exhibit as portraying not only the man, but the America that inspired and shaped his life and works. The article details biographical information on Mailer, explaining the impact of serving in World War II on his works. Gathman highlights the decades of Mailer's life and the important works from these decades, now on display at the exhibit. From his description, Norman Mailer is a "radical, violent, brilliant" man. Even today, at age 83, Mailer will publish "The Castle in the Forest" in January. The article praises the Ransom Center for displaying all sides of the complex writer Norman Mailer.


Southern Living

"40 Reasons Why I Love Texas"
August 2006

"Texan adjectives . . . first, largest, [and] most" are used to describe the Harry Ransom Center in the article "40 Reasons Why I Love Texas." The Center appeared among Dr. Pepper, high school football, and South by Southwest. Gary Ford expresses his admiration of "the world's first photograph, a Gutenberg Bible, and 36 million literary manuscripts" residing in Texas at the Ransom Center.


BBC

"De Niro donates film memorabilia"
June 7, 2006

A recent article by the BBC detailed actor, producer, director Robert De Niro's donation of his archive to the Ransom Center. "We're all very excited about this archive," said the Center's Director Thomas Staley. "Students and the public are sure going to have fun with it."


Elle Décor

May 2006

A recent article in Elle Décor magazine that profiled Austin, Texas, cited the Harry Ransom Center as a 'must-see' and an Austin landmark.  As the author of the article notes, the University of Texas "can brag not just about its national champion Longhorns, but also its top ranked cultural institutions, such as the recently renovated Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center."


Texas Monthly

"75 Things We Love About Texas"
April 2006

The Harry Ransom Center appeared among the bluebonnets, barbeque and big ranches that Texas Monthly noted in its April issue entitled, "75 Things We Love About Texas." Contributor Kathryn Rodemann described her attraction to the Center: "...what keeps me coming back to the University of Texas's unplumbable cultural repository are its more intimate gems: John Steinbeck's original draft of East of Eden. Gertrude Stein's letters. E.E. Cummings's artwork.  All I have to do is flash a photo ID and the world is mine."


The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Memory, Reproducible and Revisable"
March 3, 2006

Lawrence Biemiller's article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, "Memory, Reproducible and Revisable" highlights the "wide-ranging" and global nature of "Technologies of Writing," including Sumerian cuneiform tablets, a 15th century Venetian manuscript that "must rank among the world's most beautiful books" and a newspaper dispatch filed by Ernest Hemingway. Biemiller's article reveals how these eclectic items are brought together in the exhibition to document the evolution of writing from a tool for accounting in ancient Egypt to a means of modern expression in the 21st century.


The Economist

"Unfrozen in Time"
February 2, 2006

Announcing "the daguerreotype is back," "Unfrozen in Time" highlights the rebirth of 19th century photographic processes featured in "The Image Wrought: Historical Approaches in the Digital Age." The article contrasts the "delightful" exhibition that is a "return to photography's roots" with the digitization that has pushed conventional photography into its "death throes." In cataloging the methods used in photographs featured in the exhibition, such as Deborah Luster's tintype of a female prisoner in Louisiana and Dan Burkholder's digitally enhanced platinum print of New York's flatiron building, the article also reveals that digitization, seen as the enemy of the conventional photograph, can enhance old forms. The article calls the juxtaposition of these new "enhanced" versions of processes to old work from the Harry Ransom Center's collection "one of the show's most notable aspects."


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