Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sidebar, Your Honour: August 2012

Lady of the Month Portrait of the Month Team of the Month Speakology “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke, “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination,” in Profiles of the Future, 1962 Advertisements

Jeopardy: Information Under Fire

Three contestants, three rounds, as many as sixty-one questions, and the one and only Alex Trebek:  Jeopardy has become a staple in pop-culture to the point of caricature. An example of the possibilities of parody is the successful and riotous “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketches on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Comical while it lampoons the follies of fame, […]

Collaboration and Conflict: A Review of Revolution and the Antiquarian Book

Jensen, Kristian. Revolution and the Antiquarian Book: Reshaping the Past, 1780-1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 Jensen’s Revolution and the Antiquarian Book took shape as a series of lectures; specifically the University of Oxford’s Lyell Lectures. The 2008 selection of Kristian Jensen as the Lyell Reader, coupled with his position as Head of Arts and […]

Backpocket Talent: Piano Edition

The faces have it. Serene, contemplative, joyful, brooding – the pianist wears as many expressions as he has reasons for playing the piano. Whether it’s a fleeting encounter or a lifelong affair, it’s difficult to deny the allure of an empty seat in front of a piano. The enchantment not only lies in imagining that […]

Seeking a Home in the Book of Ruth

The little Book of Ruth works in rattlesnake fashion upon all poetically productive minds; one cannot refrain from rearrangement, paraphrase, and enlargement of the subject-matter, which is certainly very pleasing, but nevertheless lies very far out of our way. -Johannes Goethe Some of the first stories I read, and knew off-by-heart, were from the Bible. […]