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…
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…
Fifty years ago this month, Pioneer 10 was launched. A NASA spaceprobe, it was the first earthmade object to achieve “escape velocity” and leave the…
Prince Charles has a housing development in Cornwall called Nansledan. You can buy a nice-looking place there, if you want to live in a sort-of-replica…
I was delighted to see Law & Order finally return this week. It is my comfort food, and has kept me company for most of my life. I was one of the…
The other day, the New York Times ran a story about the financial collapse of a planned intentional community. Now, it sounded like this was a situation…