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Predictably Demoralizing – Could you get into high school… in 1912?

From Bullit County History Museum a high-school entrance exam that should humble us modern folk. My personal favorite is History #2. Read the full description here. And of course, take the exam: Thanks to: The Paris Review

Takuma Nakahira

Privacy in an age of publicity – Jill Lepore

Excerpt from an article by the The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore. A historical perspective of a current issue – privacy, publicity, and (government) surveillance: An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a […]

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus

Introduction to a A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus from Tom Bissell at Harper’s: In 70 a.d., a few decades after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem after a long siege. Perhaps no event has had more enduring reverberations. Judaism lost the Second Temple, the site of nearly all its […]

December – Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge’s collection of stories December. “He had missed out on all the learning processes in the Stalingrad pocket, had not been subject to the physical emaciation which had already begun in September. He now arrived in the pocket with a fresh view of things. A parachute division, had it been dropped on the winter surface, […]