2014 has been a hell of a year. I don’t mean that the year has been bad, but it has been very full. Full of planes and trains, hotel rooms, conference panels, deadlines (more often missed than met, unfortunately), packing and unpacking, writing as much as I could as fast as I could, and a … Continue reading A Project I Can Handle
“Why would a distinguished Harvard professor write about a comic book character?” Heaven forbid a distinguished Harvard professor write about something so common as a comic book character! But as I heard the distinguished Free Library of Philadelphia donor who introduced Harvard historian Jill Lepore at the library last night voice the question he had … Continue reading Bookshelf: The Secret History of Wonder Woman
I was in Washington, D.C. for work two weeks ago and snapped this photo of the Washington Monument while waiting in a security line. When I saw the shot appear on my phone, I suddenly remembered another photo I took of the Washington Monument, back in the summer of 1998. I spent a week in … Continue reading Postcard from Washington, D.C.
“Which do you like better, the United States or China?” I grew accustomed to answering this question when I met new people while traveling in China; it came right after the inquiry into my monthly salary (and expression of horror at the figure named) and shortly before the alarm over my unmarried state past the … Continue reading Welcome to New York