Category Archives: Uncategorized

50th Reunion: Personal and Collective History

Next weekend I will be attending my 50th reunion at Wellesley College. Here (slightly edited) is what I wrote last fall for the Wellesley ’66 Class Reunion Book: Our personal biographies will be all over the map, but almost all … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 50th Reunion: Personal and Collective History

Inside Out

After long distraction, I have been catching up on movies, along with much else. Last week I got around to renting “Inside Out.” I was especially eager to see it because of rave reviews and also because it stole my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inside Out

Farms and Chickens Meet Their Doom

My brother and I are trying to sell 280 acres of mixed farm/forest land near Laurel, Delaware. This has been an education in the value, or lack of it, of some rural land these days. Chuck and I inherited this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Farms and Chickens Meet Their Doom

fascinating and altogether indispensable…read at once

And that advice [about The Triumph of Human Empire] is given in bold face! Talk about rave reviews! It’s from a Nov. 18, 2014 blog post by Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on fascinating and altogether indispensable…read at once

Science Fiction at the End of the World

I am happy to report that a long essay review of The Triumph of Human Empire was recently published in Science Fiction Studies. There are a lot of things about this review that make me happy. First, the journal where … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Science Fiction at the End of the World

Advice for the History-lorn

My academic project for the summer does not involve writing anything: from that I can use a break. Instead I have been going through a pile of clippings and notes (both hard copy and on-line) accumulated while writing The Triumph … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice for the History-lorn

Our Technological Age, from the Inside Out

Even–especially–in “our technological age,” which is so often equated with “our digital age,” it can be nice to see something you have written in hard copy, on paper. A hand-written letter, for example, or, in this case, the printed version … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Our Technological Age, from the Inside Out

A tribute to history museums

I am honored to be part of this short film: http://americanhistory.si.edu/documentsgallery/exhibitions/50th/ It is part of an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of American History on The Mall in Washington, D.C. The history of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A tribute to history museums

BBC The Forum: “Uncharted”

In April the BBC weekly program “The Forum” featured the theme of “uncharted,” with yours truly as one of three guests. It’s an intriguing topic for a world where we think everything is charted….until (for example) an airliner is lost … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on BBC The Forum: “Uncharted”

Going [to] Google

Last week (Feb. 26, 2014) I had the pleasure and privilege of giving a talk at the Google office in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts (streamed to other Google offices).  I was introduced by Owen Williams (yes, he is a relation), … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Going [to] Google