Historista

Examining the surprising, cool, and weird ways that people engage with history in everyday life
Power of Words
There are abundant essays and blog posts out there about how to boost your writing productivity (like this, this, and this). The advice contained therein can be helpful, depending on your professional situation and your personality: set specific times for writing; challenge yourself to produce a certain number of words per day; take breaks...
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As Dan and I entered the stark white exhibit space at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston this past weekend, we heard the sounds of spring. We ambled further into the exhibit and the birds chirped more loudly, the insects buzzed more insistently. It felt less like a hallucination then, and more like walking right...
Fifty Shades of P&P
Last week, I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m going to let you take a moment to process that. Okay. So. There is certainly much to say about the sadomasochistic elements of the film. Jim Downs does a nice job situating these acts (particularly whipping) in entertainment culture and the context of...
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A few weeks ago, I went with Kevin and Michaela Levin to see Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3) at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The play is part of a longer cycle (there will ultimately be nine parts) but this segment focuses...