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BlogMay 28, 2016Next 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 of us share a collective biography, which goes something like this: Born at the end of three... more»February 20, 2016After 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 title. Two years ago, when I had the honor of giving the da Vinci Prize Address before the Society of the History of... more»April 12, 2015My 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 land from our mother upon her death in 2005. Her father, our grandfather, had been born and raised on Spring Garden Farm, only... more»December 1, 2014And 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. After quoting the publisher’s description of The Triumph of Human Empire, Prof. Dixon... more»
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The Wall Street Journal Online took notice of The Triumph of Human Empire in a review by distinguished environmental historian J.R. McNeill (Jan. 9, 2014): http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303393804579308471737968440 McNeill points out how many of us enjoyed these writers’ works as children: “Millions … Continue reading
That’s the judgment of The Economist. I am pleased that it lists The Triumph of Human Empire among the best writing of 2013 in its “science and technology” category, with this citation: “A magnificent attempt to recapture the sense, so … Continue reading
One of the current terms for describing the contemporary world is “the Age of the Anthropocene,” meaning the” age of man” as a new geological age based on an unprecedented human ability to alter the planet. It is a useful … Continue reading
Today, along with every American of my generation, I turned my lonely eyes to Dallas, then to Arlington National Cemetery, and then to the void. What went to the grave with Kennedy that is still missing a half century later? … Continue reading
A conversation about the end of the world and why writers are the ones to go to for understanding why it is here
From The Telegraph in the UK: “A literary history of progress, change and watery utopias is one of the most fascinating books of the year, says Philip Hoare”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/scienceandnaturebookreviews/10397703/The-Triumph-of-Human-Empire-by-Rosalind-Williams-review.html
Here is a quick but thoughtful summary of The Triumph of Human Empire, thanks to Peter Dizikes of MIT News.
Why the big smile? For being awarded the da Vinci medal (more or less a lifetime achievement award) from the Society for the History of Technology (October 12, 2013).
Thank you for that question, Maddy! Summer day, sandwiches on the deck, chit chat, during which my friend Maddy asks: “I’ve heard of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, but not William Morris. What is he doing in your book?” … Continue reading