In time for Memorial Day, we have several stories about time, memory, and narrative in general, as well as links to stories of early America.
First, two new book reviews: Mike Jay’s review of Suzanne Corkin’s Permanent Present Tense, on memory and personal identity, and James Gleick’s review of Lee Smolin’s Time Reborn, on the nature of time itself.
Then, has wider access to information done anything in recent years to restrain the “paranoid style in American politics”? Maggie Koerth-Baker says no.
With respect to fiction, Kameron Hurley reflects on her attempts as a fantasy writer to overcome received narratives about what women do in history, especially as fighters. Today, meanwhile, Jim Smith and Ray Zimmerman intend to begin recreating Civil War drummer Peter Guibert’s 1913 march from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg, commemorating the biggest of the white veterans’ reunions.
The Bostonian Society is displaying Britain’s original copy of the 1763 Treaty of Paris at the Old State House (PDF).
The Amistad is in port in Philadelphia through May 29.
A British-born resident of Amsterdam, Stephen Brumwell, has won this year’s George Washington Book Prize.
This summer, the Constitutional Sources Project will be playing out the Constitutional Convention according to Madison’s notes on Twitter. They are encouraging interested persons to register to play a specific delegate and help “Tweet the [Constitutional Convention] Debates.” To just follow along, follow @TweetTheDebates.
Was the Three-Fifths Clause an “anti-slavery measure”? According to Talking Points Memo, Virginia’s Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, E. W. Jackson, claimed so in 2011.
The contemporary photography of Robert Christian Malmberg uses the nineteenth century’s collodion process to produce striking, somewhat uncanny monochrome portraits of living people. (Contains some nudity.)
Rober Deaner offers his proposal for reforming the peer-review process for academic journals.
Finally, “how about a little XYZ Affair?” The Junto is pleased to note the existence of these (NSFMCEAS) Founding Father pinups. The Junto is now going to go away and be busy decorating its locker until next week.