Review: That One Should Disdain Hardships

Musonius Rufus, Gaius. That One Should Disdain Hardships: The Teachings of a Roman Stoic. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020. (Link to publisher) Here is a thought experiment to amuse you in quarantine. How long would you stay inside for a million dollars?  Could you last two weeks? A month?  Now, how long would… Continue reading Review: That One Should Disdain Hardships

Milo Talon and the Walmart Readers

I saw two ternagers sitting on the floor quietly reading in the Walmart books section earlier today, and something about the sight nourished my soul in a way few things have recently. As I'm wrapped up in a throw on the couch reading a Louis L'Amour paperback, it feels good to join them in spirit… Continue reading Milo Talon and the Walmart Readers

Women’s Rage

The Cut is featuring an excerpt from Rebecca Traister's forthcoming book, Good and Mad: the Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger this afternoon and it is a doozy. If you're interested in American history, in politics, or pretty much anything, you should definitely go read it. As a historian, I'm intrigued by the argument Traister lays out: Look to the… Continue reading Women’s Rage

An Open Letter to the Author of Bitter Marginalia in Reminiscences of the Second Seminole War by John Bemrose.

Dear Austin,  Is it OK if I call you Austin? That’s what I imagine, and you haven’t given me much else to work with, so there we are. Me and you, Austin. Austin, what happened? Until now, you were enjoying this book. Back there when we were reading about “friendly and simple-minded” Minorcans, you kept… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Author of Bitter Marginalia in Reminiscences of the Second Seminole War by John Bemrose.