I did a Ph.D. in early modern (Renaissance) literature and spent a fair amount of time studying the history of science and medicine. I’m now trying to write a novel, a piece of historical fiction loosely based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, a 17th-century writer, natural philosopher, and poet.
... It’s hard to toggle between strategic budgeting for the library to crafting a dastardly but likable antagonist, or from discussing a cookie-dough school fundraiser to creating a vivid description of a 17th-century birthing stool.
But in some ways, it’s really, really cool. Little bits of historical information, the flotsam and jetsam of my research and imaginings, will sometimes jut through placid waters of my day-to-day experience, bringing me out of the mundane and into the fantastical.
This blog is about that.
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1 January 2017
Sorry, this is going to be really self-indulgent. I mean, who fills up a blog with their New Year’s resolutions as though anybody cares? Resolutions: Stop apologizing for being...
20 November 2016
Theater is a distillation, not a distraction. Like most of America, I have a lot of thoughts about the statement Brandon Victor Dixon read to Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence after the...
9 November 2016
The AP just announced that Donald Trump will be president of the United States. The man who has declared that America’s top priority will be walling ourselves off from our neighbors....
30 September 2016
One of the best things about being an independent scholar (whatever that term might mean) is that my enthusiasms are no longer policed by the academy. Note: Which is not to say that...