Reconstructing the Archives in Sound

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”

A Podcast Plan

ORGANIZE, verb. (transitive) To arrange in working order. ORGANIZE, verb. (transitive) To constitute in parts, each having a special function, act, office, or relation; to systematize. ORGANIZE, verb. (transitive) To furnish with organs; to give an organic structure to; to endow with capacity for the functions of life; as, an organized being; organized matter; —Continue reading “A Podcast Plan”

Visting Gropius House

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”

Why the “Rye”? It’s a long story…

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…”

History as Therapy: Reconstructing the Boston Bombings

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”

Writing by Formula: Primary Source Analysis

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”