In summer 2010 I sat in the house furnished by Rhys Isaac in Colonial Williamsburg, and attempted to write my first dissertation chapter. I’d just finished my first research trip, to Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa, and was in the middle of my second, at the John D. Rockefeller Library. I was trying to follow advice I’d read to write as I researched. There was no Wi-Fi in the house, which was a curse and a blessing. I couldn’t get distracted, but I also did not have instantaneous access to articles and books, which meant I couldn’t check basic facts and chronologies, which, turns out, tend to be missing from your research! Continue reading
Today, The Junto interviews Dr. Jeffrey W. McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies & Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation at University of Mary Washington. McClurken (Ph.D., John Hopkins University, 2003) is Contributing Editor for Digital History Reviews, Journal of American History. Continue reading
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.