Common senses

The evidence of one’s senses is always in both senses material: a point which writers generally, and historians particularly, ought to bear in mind. Life is not carried on, carried out, lived, in hermetically sealed, soundproof rooms. The writing of history is a literary art. The writer of fiction is the historian of his orContinue reading “Common senses”

Credentialism, Careerism, and the Death of Academic History

This morning, on social media, I ran across a post in which a young PhD candidate at a Midwestern University was bemoaning the domination of the publishing lists in History by persons who were not academic historians. I’m not going to embarrass the young man, or those who commented on his post, by being moreContinue reading “Credentialism, Careerism, and the Death of Academic History”

Book review: Escape to the countryside: Peter Maughan’s Batch Magna Chronicles

Ham-on-Wye is a perfectly plausible English place-name. So is Honey Coombe. And so is Batch Magna. We’ll come back to that. A few days ago (it’s been pissing down rain since), on my morning constitutional, I saw, against the backdrop of oak, pecan, and magnolia, not only mockingbirds and cardinals, but egrets as well. We’llContinue reading “Book review: Escape to the countryside: Peter Maughan’s Batch Magna Chronicles”