Today I visited Bari, a port city on the heel of Italy’s boot. It is famous for (among other things) the Basilica of Saint Nicholas. His bones are here, having been removed in 1087 from his orginal burying place in Myra. Bari was a staging point for crusaders headed across the…
This week there was a massive dust up among medievalists on twitter. I won't get into all the details because it’s complicated, but involves a spiked…
Since the pandemic, there are a lot of discussions about the phenomenon of Long Covid. It seems to be a post-viral syndrome (as we know occurs with…
I hope that if you celebrate, you are enjoying the season. Today, to follow my various posts on Christmas food, I wanted to talk about an Easter…
I recently caught up on the Apple+ series, Physical. Set in San Diego in the early 1980s, it’s about a woman who finds a solution to her problems in the…
Some of you may be familiar with people who call themselves “trads”. Trad is short for “traditionalist”, and often what they are traditional about is…
When someone puts together compilation, or a mixtape, they’re showing you what they like, or introducing you to new things. When Reader's Digest began…
The movie John Carter was released ten years ago, and this is a fascinating piece on how it turned into a big-budget flop. I saw the film at the time…
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