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Sing Your History

I have been riding around with lonely cowboys, energetic flirts, and cynical Brits. I live in Los Angeles now, and so there is always another opportunity to get in your car. Thankfully, there is also a rich mix of radio … Continue reading

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Martha Sandweiss’s Passing Strange: Excellent History at the Edge of Knowability

The first thing to know about Martha Sandweiss’s Passing Strange is that it is gripping. When I first cracked it open, in a Seattle hotel room last March, I found myself one hundred pages in before checking the time. This … Continue reading

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Stephen Pyne’s How-To of History: Thinking, Choosing, Writing

(Apologies to those of you who dutifully waited up Wednesday for this post; it’s that time of semester. But my book manuscript did get finalized as you waited, so it’s a step closer to store shelves!) I was quite impressed … Continue reading

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After the Linguistic Turn, a Productive History of Silences?

Shall we seek the history of silences? Continue reading

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Inspiration Points: Death on my nightstand

It’s certainly just coincidence that as I was reading through Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing last night and considered her ideas about writing being about facing one’s own mortality, I realized that the books on … Continue reading

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SAHS: dynamic & going digital

The Southern African Historical Society biennial meeting displayed dynamism, renewed energy, and increasing interest in digital initiatives. Scholarly society meetings have a routine. Even without looking at the program, you know what to expect. The attractions of camaraderie, connection with … Continue reading

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Inspiration Point(s)

In the spirit of “casual Fridays,” I intend to post a Friday musing each week that veers a bit off course from typical historical fare. My inaugural attempt is below. What I’ve done lately to get my creative juices flowing: … Continue reading

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