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Let the Great World Spin: Duke Class of 2017 Summer Reading: Getting Started

Selected resources on the Class of 2017's summer reading, and an introduction to the Libraries for incoming first-year students

In the Libraries

Colum McCann in Duke Libraries

Philippe Petit in Duke Libraries


Resources and Reviews

Colum McCann's Official Website

Colum McCann's Radical Empathy in The New York Times Magazine, May 30, 2013

KCRW BookWorm Interview (on Let the Great World Spin: listen online or download)

Colum McCann in Literature Critcism Online critical overview, interview, further reading

Colum McCann in Contemporary Authors Online biography

"Locksley Hall" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from 

Mu'allaqát (in   English translation, 1782) (in Arabic)

Taylor Antrim in The Daily Beast, June 23, 2009

Jonathan Mahler in The New York Times, July 29, 2009

Tim Adams in The Guardian, August 29, 2009

The World of the Novel

man on wire DVD cover


   The documentary Man on Wire is available for viewing
    at Lilly Library on East Campus.

   Find it at a library near you this summer! 
   (Also available streaming on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)

 Stewart, Jack. Graffiti kings : New York City mass transit art of the 1970sNew York : Melcher Media/Abrams, 2009.

"Get Up, Stand Up." Bob Marley and the Wailers, 1973. Re-released on Legend

Rosenblum, Constance. Boulevard of dreams : heady times, heartbreak, and hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. New York : New York University Press, c2009.

80 blocks from Tiffany's. an Above Average Production in association with Late Nite Productions ; produced & directed by Gary Weis. 1979.

Brooks, Michael W. Subway city : riding the trains, reading New York. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1997.

Quinney, Richard. Once upon an island. Madison, WI : Borderland Books, c2011.

  Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War : a political, social, and military history. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1998.

Wright, Bruce. Black Robes, White Justice. Secaucus, N.J. : L. Stuart, c1987.

On exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art, July 20-Octboer 6, 2013

Nasher exhibit

The artworks currently on display in the Education Gallery reflect a variety of cultures and time periods and explore themes found throughout Let the Great World Spin, including balance, flight, city life, and the war in Vietnam.

Duke Events

Archival Resources

New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park, 1974.

From the Ronald Reis Photographs Collection, Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University Libraries.

McCann in the news

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