In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.
|On this day in 1922, Howard Zinn was born. Zinn was a historian and social activist who wrote more than 20 books; his best known work is A People's History of the United States. A People's History offers an alternative interpretation of American history, primarily viewing it as class struggle -- the common people vs. the powerful elites. It has been a controversial book, and is used in many high schools and universities as a supplement to standard textbooks. A People's History of the United States is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1936, A. S. Byatt was born. Byatt is a novelist, short story writer, and literary critic. She lists among her literary influences George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, and Iris Murdoch. Byatt's 1990 novel Possession received the Booker Prize; it is the story of two current-day academics studying the romantic relationship between two (fictional) Victorian poets. Possession is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print; Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart star in the 2002 film adaptation, which is available for streaming at Hoopla or on DVD.|
|And currently underway in Oulu, Finland, is the 22nd Annual Air Guitar World Championship. The competition was originally organized as a tongue-in-cheek side attraction for the Oulu Music Video Festival, but it has become a popular event in its own right. The current United States champion is Nicole Sevcik, who finished third at the 2016 world championship. Each contestant gives two one-minute performances, the first to a song of their choice, and the second to a song chosen for them, requiring them to improvise. The documentary Air Guitar Nation follows some of the contestants at the first US Air Guitar Championship in 2003; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|