February 22, 2004

Sunday links

Here are some of the articles that have distracted me during my weekend rush to finish up my dissertation proposal:

  • What did Jesus really look like? The New York Times reports.
  • In The Boston Globe, David Shribman reviews a new book on television's role in the downfall of McCarthyism.
  • Simon Schama claims that historians need to regain their "reckless literary courage" and escape the pedantry of the "juggernaut of academic history."
  • Michael Dirda reviews Flesh in the Age of Reason, the final work of the historian Roy Porter.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle describes the many bizarre theories that have shaped public perceptions of the Bronte sisters.
  • Terry Teachout discusses the joys of the footnote and explains why he reads literary biographies backwards.
  • A.S. Byatt looks at the opium addiction of Charles Baudelaire.
  • Ethan Bronner of The New York Times discusses the latest controversy surrounding Israeli historian Benny Morris.
  • How does the reaction to Mel Gibson's Jesus movie compare to the controversy in India over religious films? The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (via ArtsJournal)

Now it's back to work...

Posted by Ed at February 22, 2004 01:25 PM

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