Tag Archives: History

The Tower Restored

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Pisa’s famous leaning tower was reopened in 2001, but now the historic turret has been deemed stable, and its gradual tilt seems to be semi-permanently arrested for the first time since its construction more than 800 years ago. The Telegraph reports on the release of The Tower Restored, a 1000…

Because it serves us well to stop and remember…

We really are all in this together, like it or not.

Byron and Shelley Excoriated from the Grave

Author Daisy Hay while researching her book Young Romantics, about the Shelleys, Byron and their “tangled lives” found a fragment of a memoir by Claire Clairmont (1798-1879), Mary Shelley’s young, head-strong step-sister. Clairmont, perhaps most famous for describing Byron as “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know” was in her teens…

Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire and Digital Cuneiform

Language Hat‘s post about the utterly nifty Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire site, a site about the Neo-Assyrian capital of Nineveh PGP in what today is northern Iraq, from the middle of the seventh century BCE. Nineveh and the royal court there is the earliest attested site of…

Freedom, Sex, and Censorship, as Reported by the Internet

Several news stories and blog posts worth noting, discussing topics that bear discussion and offer the potential of deeply  interesting further developments. And so, with no further ado, here’s the Tuesday round-up. An NPR report about a current lawsuit challenging the Patriot Act as unconstitutional: The U.S. Supreme Court hears…

Virus Fossil Bed

Scientists spent thirteen years mapping and sequencing the human genome. The Human Genome Project, though completed in 2003, was only the barest beginning of what we have yet to learn about ourselves, our own DNA, where we’ve come from, and where we’ve yet to go. Hereditary predispositions to disease and…

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5 POW

In December of 1944 Private Kurt Vonnegut was captured by Wehrmacht troops. A month later, Vonnegut and his fellow POWs were imprisoned in an underground slaughterhouse known by German soldiers as Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five), beneath Dresden. The following February Vonnegut survived the allied bombing of Dresden and wrote a…

Last Man Standing

Mental Floss posted this short film by Sean Dunne on Vimeo, excerpting an interview with 108-year-old Frank Woodruff Buckles: Buckles from Sean Dunne on Vimeo. What was it like for Frank Buckles, upon finally coming home from the war? “When I came back, the parades were all over. Nobody gave…