Month: June 2017

  • Summerfest fireworks

    After landing in Milwaukee yesterday and finishing out the work day with Bobby Schindler over dinner at the Old German Bier Hall downtown, I went for what turned out to be a great run through town. Summerfest is happening this week, which is Milwaukee’s big summertime festival and cause for togetherness in and around Lake […]

  • Visual diaries

    I’ve started to post to Instagram Stories semi-regularly, and am sharing today’s story here. I’m sharing it here because it will have disappeared from Instagram within 24 hours, and like so many of the specific memories of my experience will be lost. I’ve used DayOne to keep a journal in the past—and might start using…

  • Peter Brown and late antiquity

    Ruby Shao profiles Peter Brown, “inventor of late antiquity:” The fall of the Roman Empire ushered in a dark age, replete with decay and barely worth studying. Or so scholars thought until history professor emeritus Peter Brown invented the field of late antiquity, which spans 250–800 A.D. “Looking at the late antique world, we are…

  • Worrying about the right things

    So often we think about only what’s in front of our faces, and we don’t think about what’s likely to be in front of our faces in the future. Thinking about the future was once a luxury of the elite, because most people had enough to worry about in the “here and now,” and so…

  • Corrosive speculation

    Matthew Continetti writes on journalists, political speculation, and the devaluation of “the news” in the public mind: Events are turning me into a radical skeptic. I no longer believe what I read, unless what I am reading is an empirically verifiable account of the past. I no longer have confidence in polls, because it has…