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2012


The Daily Beast

"20 Literary Greats Gripe About Feliks Topolski's Portraits"
December 12, 2012

The Daily Beast highlights the work of Feliks Topolski, a Polish-born, London-based painter, caricaturist, illustrator, and muralist. Topolski, who painted some of the most significant people and events of the twentieth century, was commissioned by the Ransom Center in the 1960s to paint 20 portraits of some of the most celebrated twentieth-century British authors. The Daily Beast slideshow draws exclusively from the Ransom Center's Topolski portraits, and showcases the subjects' sometimes disgruntled responses to the caricatures.


The Austin Chronicle

"Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow"
November 2, 2012

Robert Faires of The Austin Chronicle writes about Norman Bel Gedddes's utopian vision of the future American landscape. Bel Geddes—who is painted by Faires as a perpetual optimist—"figured tomorrow ought to be better than today, and he designed objects to show how it could be." The article also highlights the streamlined beauty of Bel Geddes's designs in such pieces as Motor Car No. 9 on display in the Ransom Center's exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America.


The Daily Beast

"Letter Writing in the Digital Age: Emails and Correspondence of Russell Banks and Others"
October 11, 2012

The Ransom Center's Megan Barnard writes about the changing modes of correspondence of authors in the digital age. Barnard looks at the letter writing of Russell Banks, Norman Mailer, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace to explore the changes and continuities between paper and digital correspondence.


Austin American-Statesman

"A Look Into the Past's Future"
September 22, 2012

Austin American-Statesman writer Jeanne Claire van Ryzin reports on the Ransom Center's exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. Van Ryzin likens Norman Bel Geddes to a group of post-Word War I industrial designers—such as Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, and Donald Deskey—who sought to redefine American style and imagine a brighter vision of the future. The article highlights Bel Geddes's best-known projects, such as Futurama, and mentions the companion book— Norman Bel Geddes Designs America—edited by the exhibition's curator, Donald Albrecht.


Wall Street Journal

"Future Perfect"
September 11, 2012

Wall Street Journal reporter Anne S. Lewis writes about the Ransom Center's exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. The article, which quotes guest curator Donald Albrecht, focuses on the remarkable career of Norman Bel Geddes. Highlighting Bel Geddes's multifaceted talents, Lewis offers an overview of the industrial designer's life and contributions to the American landscape.


T, New York Times Style Magazine

"Ahead of His Time – Norman Bel Geddes"
September 7, 2012

T, New York Times Style Magazine reporter Pilar Viladas writes about the Ransom Center's exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. The article focuses on Bel Geddes's contribution to industrial design and features photographs from the Ransom Center's Bel Geddes collection. Wall Street Journal


Texas Highways

"Legends of Texas Literature"
September 2012

Texas Highways writer Terri Schexhayder notes a visit to the Ransom Center as a "must do" experience while touring the Texas Hill Country. The article—which focuses on the breadth of literary archives in Central Texas—highlights the Ransom Center's attractions.


Elle Décor

"Dossier"
September 2012

Elle Décor's Dossier mentions the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. The piece highlights Norman Bel Geddes's futuristic vision as seen in the streamlined model of Motor Car No. 9.


Metropolis

"I Have Seen the Future"
September 2012

Reporter Shannon Sharpe's two-page spread includes images drawn from the Ransom Center's Norman Bel Geddes archive and highlights materials on display at the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. The article quotes curator Donald Albrecht, who comments on Bel Geddes's multifaceted and dynamic vision of the future.


The Texas Tribune

"In University Collections, Entry to History and Culture"
August 17, 2012

Texas Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton writes about archives in Texas and public university libraries. The article focuses on the ability of archives to bolster the national reputation of universities and attract scholarship to the area. The piece quotes Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley, who comments on the importance of humanities research centers and the benefit of preserving authors' manuscripts.


The Daily Beast

"Licensed to Write"
July 24, 2012

The Daily Beast shares images from the Ransom Center's collections, documenting the ways in which passports tell the story of the owner's journey. The seven passports—those of Sybille Bedford, Arnold Newman, Nancy Cunard, Lillian Hellman, Edith Sitwell, Norman Mailer, and Bernard Malamud—are stamped with memories and demarcations of sojourns.


The Daily Beast

"Librarians Who Hated Ulysses"
June 16, 2012

With the rising popularity of the contentious novel Fifty Shades of Grey, The Daily Beast discusses the controversy of public literary censorship. The article features items from the Ransom Center's Morris L. Ernst collection, specifically questionnaires in which librarians comment on the cultural value—whether favorable or unfavorable—of James Joyce's Ulysses. Ernst, a leading twentieth-century civil liberties attorney and counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union, defended Ulysses in court and protected the publication of the book in America.


The Daily Beast

"How Fifty Shades of Grey Is Like Ulysses"
June 16, 2012

Danielle Sigler, Curator of Academic Affairs at the Ransom Center, writes about literary censorship in the twentieth-century. According to Sigler, the ongoing debate about the censorship and literary merit of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey is similar to the case of James Joyce's Ulysses over half a century ago. While E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey might not join the literary canon of Joyce's work, the two books share similar plights against literary censorship.


The Daily Beast

"Last Letters from WWI Literary Heroes"
May 28, 2012

For Memorial Day, The Daily Beast highlights letters from the Ransom Center's collection in preparation for the Center's upcoming exhibition to mark the centenary of World War I. The exhibition—which will use letters, diaries, memoirs, poems, novels, photographs, propaganda posters, films, and avant-garde art to depict the point of view of World War I soldiers—is set to open in 2014. The final letters written by poet Wilfred Owen, Roland Gerard Garvin, and poet Edward Thomas before their deaths in the war are featured.


Los Angeles Times

"T.C. Boyle Archives go to Ransom Center at UT Austin"
April 15, 2012

Los Angeles Times reporter Carolyn Kellogg writes about T. C. Boyle's decision to have his writing materials stored at the Ransom Center. She explains his desire to keep his manuscripts safe, as well as Boyle's deep fascination with the manuscript boxes. Ransom Center Assistant Director of Acquisitions and Administration Megan Barnard is quoted on the cleanliness of Boyle's archive and the state of acquisitions since the advent of computers. The article focuses on Boyle's relationship to his archive, the history and acquisition activity of the Ransom Center, and the value of author manuscripts.


The Austin American-Statesman

"Ransom gets visual effects producer's archive"
April 13, 2012

Austin American-Statesman reporter Matthew Odam reports on the Ransom Center's acquisition of the Tom Smith archive. Odam specifically highlights Smith's work with seminal 1980s films Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson is quoted on the importance of Smith's collection for scholars and students. The article also quotes Tom Smith, who explains the nature of his collection and his decision to donate it to the Ransom Center.


The New Republic

"Mike Wallace 1918-2012"
April 10, 2012

Writer Timothy Noah of The New Republic reports on the influence of reporter Mike Wallace. The piece commemorates the death of a great American reporter and highlights Wallace's ability to ask hard questions and receive hearty, interesting answers from American celebrities. The article features quotes from several of Wallace's most famous celebrity interviews.


The New Yorker

"Boxing Up"
April 9, 2012

T.C. Boyle writes in this post for The New Yorker about his aversion for clutter and his subsequent decision to place his archive at the Ransom Center. The article begins with Boyle's analysis of the decision to say goodbye to his archive, and he then describes his experience at the Ransom Center in March. Boyle recalls seeing collection materials related to Evelyn Waugh, Thomas Pynchon, and Jorge Luis Borges.


The Austin Chronicle

"Harry Ransom Heads to a Galaxy Far, Far Away"
April 9, 2012

Richard Wittaker, writer for the Austin Chronicle, reports on the Ransom Center's acquisition of visual effects guru Tom Smith: "The [Center] has acquired 22 boxes from Smith, who headed up George Lucas' industry-shaking Industrial Light and Magic from 1980 to 1986." The article briefly sketches highlights of Smith's career including his work on the sets of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The article focuses on the interest of the acquisition to film scholars, and quotes Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson.


San Antonio Express-News

"History of the Bible"
March 18, 2012

Reporter Deborah Martin features the Ransom Center exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. Martin's commentary highlights specific bibles from the collection, including the "wicked bible," the Gutenberg Bible, and the "Finger New Testament." The article quotes exhibition co-curators Danielle Sigler and Ryan Hildebrand.


The Atlantic

"Cannon Fodder"
March 2012

Anne Trubek reports on Ransom Center Director Tom Staley and the Center's "role in literary-canon formation." While the article mentions the treasured collections of James Joyce manuscripts and archives of Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Sexton, it emphasizes the acquisitions of contemporary writers' archives, including Denis Johnson, Jayne Anne Phillips and J. M. Coetzee.


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