Adult Fiction · History

Review: Ireland by Frank Delaney

Ireland, by Frank Delaney, published in 2005. A 576-page novel about Ireland, oral traditions, family, and the texture of history. It doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, really, but it turned out to be incredible. Here’s the description: One wintry evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller — a Seanchai, the very last practitioner of a…… Continue reading Review: Ireland by Frank Delaney

History · Other Stuff

Some Advice for Reading Rooms

As I mentioned in the post on North Carolina museum visits a while back, over the summer I traveled to Duke University for research purposes. I spent just-under 40 hours in the rare-books reading room, mostly scanning documents for my thesis project, which I haven’t discussed at length here but will eventually. In addition, I also spent most…… Continue reading Some Advice for Reading Rooms

Comics · History · Sci-Fi

Review: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

What an intriguing work of public history! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer is a 2015 graphic novel by Sydney Padua. It’s a kind of historical fiction about two mathematicians of the 1800s, but it carries on their lives into a steampunk pocket universe beyond the point…… Continue reading Review: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

History · Other Stuff

Sunday Summary 12/14 – Graduation!

I must apologize for the one lonely post this week. I think this is the first week in a year that I’ve only posted once, but I’m not going back to check… I even had one or two basically-ready-to-go things I could’ve posted, but didn’t even have the time/energy to look them up and post…… Continue reading Sunday Summary 12/14 – Graduation!

History · Nonfiction

History Day Poster Presentation

Okay, apparently it’s NOT Ms. Marvel day today. Ms. Marvel #10 has been moved to December 17. I swear it was moved, though! I suppose I can wait patiently, if “patiently” includes grumblemuttering for four extra weeks. Anyway, to fill the gap, I thought I’d tell you about History Day from yesterday! It’s the day history seniors…… Continue reading History Day Poster Presentation

History · Updates

Sunday Summary 11/16 – Thesis update

There went another week! I’m having one of those days where I look at what I’ve done and think “Really? Three months of work and this is all you’ve got?” But here’s a to-do list updated from last week: Finish the unimportant part of Pamela.  Skim a few more sources and integrate them, particularly where…… Continue reading Sunday Summary 11/16 – Thesis update


Reasons to Love History #9: Like-Minded Individuals

I’m having one of those weeks where I just can’t find anything or remember anything. Did I have a draft of this post from three months ago? Probably, as this post concerns something that happened at the beginning of the semester. Memory will have to do. Senior Seminar is the capstone course in my history B.A.…… Continue reading Reasons to Love History #9: Like-Minded Individuals

History · Nonfiction

The First Draft Experience

As some of you may be aware, I’m currently working on the senior thesis for my history B.A. — a 20-page historical research paper. (They get longer the further up you go). My topic is the history of literature combined with the history of human rights — specifically, how the novel Pamela by Samuel Richardson influenced human…… Continue reading The First Draft Experience


Talk Like a Pirate Day: Real Pirates

My friend Connor M. is doing his senior research on pirates and privateers, and in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, graciously agreed to become this blog’s first guest poster! I mentioned the other day I don’t know much about real pirates… little did I know he was already writing on real pirates as…… Continue reading Talk Like a Pirate Day: Real Pirates