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Bookish Links -- September 2017

  • In honor of John Ashbery’s recent passing, Andrew Epstein from…
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The Noblest Roman

This was the noblest Roman of them all… Say to all the world ‘This was a man!’

Julius Caesar, Act V, scene 5

It will perhaps come to no surprise to the readers of this blog that I really, really disagree with Senator John McCain on a whole array of positions he has taken, especially in the last few years.  1,035 more words

GABBLER RECOMMENDS: What the Greek Myths Teach Us About Anger in Troubled Times by Mary Beard

The very first word in the history of Western literature is “rage” or “wrath.” For that is how Homer’s “Iliad” begins. Composed some time in the eighth century B.C., it starts with a call to the Muse, the goddess of inspiration, to help tell the story of the “wrath” of Achilles (

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By Hilary Lehmann.

The other day I was listening to an episode of the NPR podcast “Code Switch” covering the historical and political contexts of Charlottesville. 1,710 more words


(Mis)remembering a Shared Past in Contested Spaces

The past is political – deeply so. This much is an established truism, and has been particularly demonstrated this month in a few events. Mary Beard became the centre of a bitter Twitter dispute regarding multiculturalism in the Roman Empire; there have been a series of debates concerning the presence of statues of historical figures (in which the tragic events in Charlottesville loom large); and a modern day pagan group demanded that the Church of England return to it a number of sites which early medieval missionaries appropriated. 1,665 more words


There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not Look At History

There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not Look At History

Kick back. Take a deep breath. It’s Q&A time. Welcome to the blog and Facebook page of Crooked Cat’s Cy Forrest answering questions from his studio in a rural village just south of Bath. 1,006 more words


This Week in Twitter History (05/08/17-11/08/17)

Welcome to This Week in Twitter History, a regular feature which rounds up what’s interesting, exciting or controversial in the world of heritage and history on Twitter.  612 more words

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