History is a Story

At this point most readers don’t think of history as “the exact factual record of what definitely happened in the past.” Though there are as many different ways to phrase the idea as there are people expressing it (“History is written by the victors,” for example), I think it’s generally agreed upon that what we call “history” is a group project filled with agendas, biases, contexts, compromises, and broad agreements, that strives to help the present and the future through a better understanding of the past. But what does that idea look like in practice?

A Touch of the Hand: A Metaphor for Fosse, Hilbig, & Krasznahorkai

Humans see patterns in everything, whether patterns are actually there or not. So, if you tend to read a bunch of books at once, like I do sometimes, patterns will emerge. You’ll start to see trends, conversations, and threads through some of the different books you’re reading. Sometimes pulling at these threads can reveal real substance, interesting connections between disparate works. Sometimes, well, sometimes we see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast.

Old Hollywood: From Page to Screen: Wharton’s World

Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (1862 – 1937) was born in New York City to a wealthy and socially prominent American family.  Her mother Lucretia Rhinelander was the great-granddaughter of the heroic Revolutionary War General Ebenezer Stevens and her father’s cousin was Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, who was simply knows as THE Mrs. Astor and whose son John Jacob Astor IV perished on the Titanic (1912).


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