The scholars answer questions about their new book, “The Middle Ages In 50 Objects,” and choose items from contemporary culture that they think future historians would find important. Plus, get a sneak peek inside this entertaining art historical analysis.
By day, Cynthia Robinson is an art historian based in New York and a professor of Medieval and Islamic Art at Cornell University. By night/ any other time, she’s one of my favorite new authors. We talk about writing, not writing, and her new novel Birds of Wonder.
Writer Mimi Matthews talks about her own love affair with the Victorian era, how she balances research with crafting fiction, what she’s working on next, and which Bronte she would invite to a dinner party. Would you be able to choose just one?
Who better to translate the DC roller coaster into a great political fiction than someone who has spent decades enmeshed in the gridlock of the country’s capital? Rich Garon is just the guy. In the eighties and nineties, Garon worked as chief-of-staff of the US House Committee on International Relations. When he retired, he began […]
All photos courtesy Austin McCoy I’m lucky enough to have a handful of academics as friends in my Facebook feed. As the post-election noise gets ever more urgent and confusing, I’ve turned to these friends for article links, books to read as I scramble to get a more careful background on some of these issues, or […]
Michele Mehl is “by no means a fitness guru.” “I’m more of a weekend warrior,” says the Seattle-based entrepreneur, “who wants to cycle, snowmobile, ride mountain bikes, and hit the trails with my family.” An active lifestyle has always been in Mehl’s wheelhouse—she was even a two-sport Division 1 athlete in college. But as […]
James Carpenter gave up writing in his twenties. It was “quite literally killing me,” he recalls. That’s because he associated the act of writing with the act of drinking. To recover from his alcohol abuse, he needed to put down his pen. The Pennsylvania native went on to teach middle and high school English and […]