Archive for May, 2013

We Recommend: The Loser by Thomas Bernhard


The Loser (translated from Der Untegeher, 1983)
by  Thomas Bernhard

A fictional biography of the late, great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, originally written in German by the late, great Austrian novelist. Gould serves as a litmus test with which Bernhard’s protagonists may gauge their own and others’ attitudes toward art and life. Those who claim Gould as one of their own are uncompromising monomaniacs; they dismiss others who fail to appreciate Gould as being intellectually inadequate. The essentially paragraph-less, unrelenting narrative bears aspects of counterpoint and fugues in the works admired by the real-life Gould and, by extension, Bernhard. Despite so much doom and gloom expressed in this tale of three friendships, the reader may occasionally smile or even laugh out loud at unanticipated moments of humanity and comedy.

– Mike Olson, Dean of Libraries

Huey P. Long Honorary Degree, 1931

In 1931, Loyola conferred one of the University’s top commendations, the honorary degree, on Louisiana politician Huey P. Long. Long served as Governor of Louisiana from 1928-1932 and then as State Senator until he was assassinated in 1935. “The Kingfish,” as Long was called, passed the bar exam after only a year at Tulane. While honorary degrees are usually conferred at Loyola’s commencement exercises, a special exception was made for Long and the ceremony was instead held in February “as this time was most convenient.” The then-Governor was sick but “having risen from a sick bed” received the honor in front of a crowd of 10,000 at the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium.

GOVERNOR HUEY P. LONG, senator-elect, wearing the hood of the doctorate placed on his shoulders by the REV. FLORENCE D. SULLIVAN, president of the university at an impressive ceremony which took place last Monday in the Municipal Auditorium. Courtesy of The States (1931-02-06)

Other 1930s recipients of Loyola’s honorary degree included writer and journalist Meigs O. Frost (1933) and Archbishop Rummel (1937). The first woman recipient of the honorary degree was Sister Stanislaus Malone (1936), Superior of the Daughters of Charity at Charity Hospital from 1914-1944. This year’s honorees are Tom Brokaw, Germaine Bazzle, and Dean Baquet. A full list of previous nominees can be found here.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.