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Community Values

So, it looks like Alexandria legislators have decided to leave a famous statue of a Confederate soldier in historic Old Town at the intersection of Prince and Washington streets, opting to keep their powder dry for other issues. Theoretically, communities’ … Continue reading

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My First Lecture

If you manage to get a book published, and then you manage to land a gig where people are willing to sit and listen to you talk about that book, I highly recommend working it so that you have a … Continue reading

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When Your Dreamboat Turns Out to Be a Footnote…

I had a dream last night that Elvis Costello wanted to write a song about my book—he was talking about Lucien Fewell and how he had a great musical hook for the name Pistol Johnny. I didn’t get to hear … Continue reading

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In Which My Feminist Card Is Revoked

A friend sent me an article last week that said women undermine themselves by using the word “just” — that it is a “permission word” and makes one look weak. Hoo, boy. This is one in a long series of “empowering” … Continue reading

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Weekends of Fun

… but without the leather straps (at least, so far). Sorry, Whit Stillman. My calendar has blown up with book events.  Two weekends ago, I was in St. Louis for an extremely enjoyable Living History weekend that included a straw poll … Continue reading

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We Are the Goon Squad …

… and we’re coming to town… I’ve been thinking a lot about fashion over the last couple of days. Not modern fashion, however. Next weekend is DragonCon, and the kid considered his outfit. (He’s going as a Stargate army dude, … Continue reading

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Finally Bona Fide

“Certainly not, I gather, the world’s greatest living expert on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg . . .” But I am, I think, maybe the world’s greatest living expert on Lucien Fewell and James Francis Clark. This was the big week. … Continue reading

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Sunday Laws—on Tuesday

It’s weird to think about it now, when everything is open 24-7, when you can buy things off the Internet without even leaving your bed, and when people are hollering about letting store employees stay home on Thanksgiving, but once … Continue reading

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Mary Walker and Her Knickerbockers

Late posting, again. This time I lagged because I was off on a business retreat where colleagues and I talked about fun things like serial commas, loaded language, the best way to cite weird and complicated documents in bibliographies, and how … Continue reading

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No Man Is an Island…

Big news out of Britain today.  But as I think you all know by now, I am generally misanthropic about current events. So in today’s post, I will tell you that big news came out of Britain (well, Geneva, really) … Continue reading

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