Lucky Jim

The narrowing of history. Ever more scholars shed light on an ever more obscure past. When did historiography become an esoteric art?…
The narrowing of history. Ever more scholars shed light on an ever more obscure past. When did historiography become an esoteric art?… [More]

History of slang

How to build a taxonomy of slang: Create categories for “drink or drugs,” “sex and related body parts,” and “insults denoting misfits” and you’re on your way…
How to build a taxonomy of slang: Create categories for “drink or drugs,” “sex and related body parts,” and “insults denoting misfits” and you’re on your way… [More]

The Chapter: A History

Chapters: They organize our books and provide a metaphor for our lives. Where did they come from? A befuddled 15th-century scholar…
Chapters: They organize our books and provide a metaphor for our lives. Where did they come from? A befuddled 15th-century scholar… [More]

History of beer

Babylonians, shamans, monks, farmers, patriots, industrialists: Brewers are an ancient and odd bunch. Every beer tells a story…
Babylonians, shamans, monks, farmers, patriots, industrialists: Brewers are an ancient and odd bunch. Every beer tells a story… [More]

Herodotus and the past

Hearsay at the roots of history: In his time, Herodotus was known as a storytelling tourist. But the attacks on his reputation didn’t let up…
Hearsay at the roots of history: In his time, Herodotus was known as a storytelling tourist. But the attacks on his reputation didn’t let up… [More]

Does the history of philosophy matter?

Histories of philosophy are difficult to write. Bertrand Russell excelled. Then there’s Peter Adamson’s new, pun-laden work…
Histories of philosophy are difficult to write. Bertrand Russell excelled. Then there’s Peter Adamson’s new, pun-laden work… [More]

History of genius

Enter any research library and you’ll find introverted academics with disheveled hair. The modern archetype for genius is Einsteinian…
Enter any research library and you’ll find introverted academics with disheveled hair. The modern archetype for genius is Einsteinian… [More]

History of the color green

How can one shade evoke sickness, hope, hazard, the supernatural? Colors are uncertain things, green not least among them…
How can one shade evoke sickness, hope, hazard, the supernatural? Colors are uncertain things, green not least among them… [More]

History of Rock ’n’ Roll

Rock & roll appeals to those with little sense of history. Greil Marcus’s criticism is a brilliant rebuke to all of that…
Rock & roll appeals to those with little sense of history. Greil Marcus’s criticism is a brilliant rebuke to all of that… [More]

History and psychology of hold music

“Hold is the true purgatory of modern existence,” says Tom Vanderbilt, “a place of temporary damnation, filled not with cleansing fire but a gentle wash of music”…
“Hold is the true purgatory of modern existence,” says Tom Vanderbilt, “a place of temporary damnation, filled not with cleansing fire but a gentle wash of music”… [More]