Early this January I was writing up a section of my book project on college radio about Rice University’s KTRU in the 1980s. KTRU-FM’s records include both paper and sound: their online collection of on-air programming is one of the more extensive in college radio history. I visited the physical archives in June 2019, inContinue reading “Reconstructing the Archives in Sound”
Do you ever look at your colleagues, peers, and friends and wonder: how exactly do they keep it all organized? When there are so many bits of information, meetings, inspirations, items to research, ideas to capture — how do we remember it all? For me, it’s my friend Caroline. She’s an inspiration in many regardsContinue reading “A Podcast Plan”
While I was composing Resources for Pens and Paper Part I: Brick and Mortar (Boston), I remarked upon how visiting Bob Slate Stationer has a timeless quality, reminiscent of Walter Gropius’s desk. It made me nostalgic for visits to Gropius House, one of the properties of Historic New England. Gropius came to the United StatesContinue reading “Visting Gropius House”
Part I of a series on the sources I use for pens, paper, and various tools of the scholar’s trade. This post focuses on brick-and-mortar stores that I frequent most often (when I am able).
The Hidden Political History of Southern Naming Traditions I share a middle name with my grandfather and my uncle, James Rye Jewell, Sr., and James Rye Jewell, Jr., a retired commander of the U.S. Navy. My cousin Blythe, Jr.’s daughter, has my Dad’s middle name, so it was only fair that the name swapping traditionContinue reading “Why the “Rye”? It’s a long story…”
The last two weeks have been difficult ones here in Boston, from the immediate trauma and shock of the bombings, to false reports of arrests, to a manhunt and lockdown, and now to the re-opening of Boylston St. and the resolve of moving forward. As I look back, I realize that not only are myContinue reading “History as Therapy: Reconstructing the Boston Bombings”
Some blog posts you just don’t want to write, and this is one of them. I’m thankful to be writing it, that I’m able, and that for us, it all turned out okay. “Okay” is such a relative word, but it works. Yesterday I took my almost-4-year old and 7 month old to Natick withContinue reading “Our Boston Marathon 2013 Story”
It’s no secret that historical writing, or indeed structured analytical writing, can be formulaic. Sure, as historians we tell stories, and that is an important part of our relationship to the public, each other, and our students. But when it comes to teaching writing to undergraduates, it’s also no secret that imparting the skills ofContinue reading “Writing by Formula: Primary Source Analysis”