Week in Review

That Was the Week That Was

Whenever I felt like I was getting overly excited about new media, I could always say, “At least I’m not blogging.” That crumbled a month ago, but after ignoring my family for an hour to work on some post about Caravaggio or English music halls, I could always plead, “At least I’m not on Twitter.” Oh well. At least I’m not doing Google+…

I’m only following about seventy people/organizations on Twitter and still feel overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of tweets filling up the timeline. So I can understand how anyone might have missed the following, either here or at other blogs/sites…



  • I’ve already broken my self-imposed rule not to use this blog to talk about TV shows, so now I’m really intent on steering clear of baseball… But I’ll slip in this post from Craig Calcaterra: just ignore the stuff about the Cubs’ GM, and rejoice with me that a baseball blogger would use an enjoyably obscure historical word like defenestration! And people question the value of a liberal arts education…

    Catholics being defenestered, Prague, 1618

    Catholics being defenestrated, Prague, 1618 - Wikimedia

  • The AHA Today blog posted links to the entire series (so far) of “The Art of History” columns in the AHA newsletter, Perspectives. My favorite (much as I disagree with one of the author’s central arguments) is Gordon Wood’s defense of analytical history.
  • For nine hours last Saturday, Austrian television covered the funeral of the last son of the last Habsburg emperor, born just before the war that caused that empire to collapse. Armin Thurnher argued in Foreign Policy that while the Habsburg Empire is gone, its paradoxical legacy (tolerant, but hierarchical; pluralistic, yet authoritarian) lives on in Austrian political culture.
  • Lots of tributes to my favorite TV drama of the last decade.
  • Campus Crusade for Christ changed its name to “Cru.” And if it’s good enough for one bulwark of evangelical culture, maybe it’s good enough for the one you’re reading. Goodbye, “Pietist Schoolman”; hello, “Pie”?
    Mmm… pie…


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