If you don’t live near a library then this is the post for you. Whether you’re a cash-strapped student, you’ve overspent, or you’re miles away from pay-day, there are ways to indulge your bookish habit without spending more than you’d like to. This post is going to clue you in on five ways to read from five different genres, at no extra cost at all.
I spent a lot of time thinking about America this week. I wrote two short editorials about the election, and I thought that this week’s non-fiction spotlight might pick up on the things I discussed there, but instead I’ve chosen to reflect on the changes that have happened throughout history to the role that the president plays in the US.
Theodore Roosevelt has been much explored for his role as a huge transformative force in US politics: one of the most interesting things to consider is the role that his personal character, one might call it a ‘brand,’ had on how the public viewed him as a person, and how it has since changed the role the president plays in America.
This Sunday is the first ever non-fiction spotlight in the new format of the blog, so I thought it might be a good time to introduce a particular genre that you’ll be seeing a lot of: the microhistory. Sunday posts might also involve biographies, essays or other stuff.
Microhistories are close to my heart: they are intense historical studies based on close-reading of specific source material which produces a detailed piece of work that looks at first glance like a case study, but actually stretches itself outwards to broader themes and ideas within longue-durée historical narratives. You find case-studies in lots of normal histories, but the microhistory uniquely focuses on a small time frame, often a single event, or a small group of people, or an individual, in order to flesh out an important stitch that would otherwise be missing in the fabric of history.
This is the first Friday post in the new format of the blog, so I’m going to give you a quick explanation- ‘Five for Friday’ is a little list of five things you can watch, do, hear, eat or otherwise engage with over the coming weekend: it’ll be bookish, but this is categorically not a reading list. Instead there will be things to help you relax, enjoy the weekend, and generally bask in the things you enjoy the most.
This coming weekend will be Guy Fawkes’ Day, or Bonfire Night in lots of other parts of the UK. It’s also the first weekend since the clocks went forward, so it really feels like winter is here and it’s time to be cosy-warm and prepare for hibernation. As such, here are five things for you to do this weekend, since it gets too dark to read by four o’clock anyway.