Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
In Collections of Nothing (
Some collages by King may be viewed at: http://www.trickhouse.org/guestcurator/banash&king.html.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
(I do quote geniuses here often.)
Friday, November 14, 2008
I’m busy writing offline, but I just came across a diary entry, written on October 18, 1870, that connects with the present (and recordkeeping):
Went … into the exchange building in Wall st. There is no excitement only men writing in little books. Deep waters are still.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here is a snippet:
An interesting slideshow, “The Past Between Two Covers,” accompanies the article online: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/11/02/education/edlife/20081102RARE_SS_index.html.
[Robert] Darnton asks his students to “diagnose the symptoms” of a book—bits of petticoat in rag-based pages, symbols stamped in the binding, scribblings in the margins, called marginalia. By examining a book’s physical attributes, he says, “you can enter a world we have lost and understand it as it was.”
—“Handle This Book!” available from: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/education/edlife/rarebks.html
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The current financial crisis has caused many to recall the S&L debacle of the 1980s and the Great Depression that followed the stock market crash in 1929. Others have looked back farther, to 1873-74, 1836, and even the 15th century.
I have a hard time pulling myself away from my personal history with the financial sector:
Speaking of economic history, here is an interesting review of a new book on religion and the rise of free market capitalism in 19th-century America: “Stewards of Capitalism,” available from: http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2008/006/6.11.html.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
For more on Obama in academia, see the piece that appeared in the September 21, 2008, issue of The New York Times Magazine (the College Issue): “Case Study: What Barack Obama’s teaching methods tell us about the kind of president he might make,” available from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/magazine/21obama-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine&oref=slogin.
From Inside Higher Ed: “How do academics respond to a unique, precedent-shattering election? Insist it was predicted by entirely ordinary models.” More: http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/11/05/polisci.
I was in a rather a-temporal place at this historic moment.