Thanks to Literary Hub for running this CLUTTER excerpt in which I suggest we blame the Victorians (at least partly—don’t @ me, Victorianists!) for our contemporary problem with excess stuff. This chapter was a lot of fun to research, BTW—I loved reading about 19th-century material culture. Enjoy!
Today is Armistice Day. It doesn’t seem appropriate to dwell here on how powerfully affecting I find the Great War and the poetry that came out of those bloody years. Instead I’ll point you to The First World War Poetry Archive, an amazing online collection of manuscripts, photos, and other artifacts and echoes of the… Continue reading »
I’ve been distracted with one thing and another of late (holidays, children, writing projects), so I’m behind on posting. Sorry about that. Meanwhile, I had the pleasure last week of writing about a historical hoax perpetrated by a bunch of students in a history class at George Mason University. They created a fictional 19th-century pirate… Continue reading »
Give thanks for whatever you have to be thankful for. If you feel like taking the long view, you can read more about the history of the holiday over at the National Archives website: On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as an official holiday of “sincere… Continue reading »
Cloud tagging with a purpose: “a visual historiography of an evolving discipline.” Fun to play with, and maybe even illuminating, if you pay attention. (Via HNN.)