Category Archives: History

Posts about history and the profession of history

Attention and Information

There is no more information than there ever was, there’s just more surplus attention

Evidence and Scarcity

As digital technology expands, our whole relationship to presenting evidence will have to change. Other disciplines roll their eyes at historians for having  too many examples. A lit scholar might read a historical article and think “he had me at five: the forty five examples that followed  didn’t accomplish a damn thing.” And even history […]

Movies and History

The death of Tony Curtis today reminds me of a movie we used to see all the time on TV as kids: The Black Shield of Falworth.  Curtis plays Miles, a young man of noble birth raised as a commoner, becomes a knight etc etc. It’s famous for Curtis in tights pronouncing his lines in […]

Changing Academic Publishing

This blog will be partly a set of observations about history, partly a set of observations about music and music making. I’ll use this blog to re-consider the forms and modes of academic and semi-academic publishing and ideally  find some place in the small community of people interested in rethinking the profession. As a start, […]