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Notes from The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nisey

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:49:31 +0000

p. 18 But however alarming the demons of fornication may have been, the most fearsome demons of all were to be found, teeming like flies on a corpse, around the traditional gods of the empire. Jupiter, Aphrodite, Bacchus and |Isis, all of them in the eyes of these Christian writers, were demonic. In sermon after […]

Notes from Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper by Andrew Martin

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:39:55 +0000

p. 23 “I travelled on Eurostar on the second the day of its operation. It was November 1994.  I picked up a leaflet headlined ‘What Next’ which boasted ‘In early 1997 night trains will be introduced travelling from Scotland, the North West , South Wales and the West into Paris. .. Passengers can enjoy a […]

Notes from One Hand Tied Behind Us: The Rise of the Women’s Suffrage Movement by Jill Liddington and Jill Norris

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:33:24 +0000

p. 92 “one winder could keep half a dozen weavers busy. Yet there seems to have been something rather distinctive about the women in the winding room. It was generally considered that they formed a select group (although their wages were usually lower than those of women weavers) because their winding room was far quieter […]

Notes from First Contact: Rome and Northern Britain

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:25:50 +0000

p. 9 “It is suggested that the Brigantines were recognised as Roman allies not long after the invasion of southern England in 43, and certainly by 47 when the Roman province appears to have extended to the southern border of Brigantia. The strength of the alliance appears to have been such that the governor, Osrorius […]

Notes from What is Populism by Jan-Werner Muller

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:19:49 +0000

p. 21 “This is the core claim of populism: only some of the people are really the people. Think of Nigel Farage celebrating the Brexit vote by claiming that it been a ‘victory for real people’ (thus making the 48% of the British electorate who had opposed taking the UK out of the European Union […]

From At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:40:18 +0000

The homeless character Jack writes in his notebook (p. 59): “Where are the primroses that used to carpet that wood? Why don’t you coppice it if you say it is yours? You think it doesn’t matter, that it is just a wood. You think things will always be the same. You think you have dominion […]

Notes from Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:32:34 +0000

p. 23 18 January “the hedgerows in local farmland golden in the afternoon sun. An idyllic rural scene perhaps, but things are not as they seem. .. each mawthorn and elder twig is barnacled with yellow lichen, related to the species twhose paintball splashes enliven old tiled roofs and add thousands to the value of […]

Notes from The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicholson

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:05:24 +0000

p. 336 “Over the last 60 years, the world population of seabirds has dropped by over two-thirds. One-third of all seabird species is now threatened with extinction. Half of them are known or thought to be in decline. Some petrels, terms and cormorants have been reduced to less than 5% of the numbers that were […]

Notes from British Boarding Houses in Interwar Women’s Literature: Alternative Domestic Spaces by Terri Mulholland

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:57:14 +0000

p. 3 “Women living in boarding houses are diverse characters. They are not only widows and elderly spinsters, they are also younger working women, such as T.S. Eliot’s ‘typist home at teatime’ in The Waste Land, who must make her room serve as both bedroom and living space, with her ‘food in tins’ alongside her […]

Notes from A Global History of Literature and the Environment

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:53:54 +0000

p. 37 Mencius (372-289 BCE) “If nets of fine mesh do not enter pools and ponds, there will be more fish and turtles than we can consume. If axes enter the hills and forests only at the proper times, there will be more wood than we can use. p. 88 “Olympian 7 should be read […]

Notes from The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:31:46 +0000

p. 71 “A major concern, however, is not only what China’s frenzied growth is doing to its own environment, but what it is also doing to environments beyond its borders …600 million of its people, nearly a tenth of the world’s population, live in river catchments which drain into the Yellow Sea, mean that the […]

Notes from A Day At Home in Early Modern England: Material Culture and Domestic Life 1500-1700

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:58:53 +0000

p 76 “The house in Stratford-upon-Avon where Tomas Hicox lived with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1611 epitomises the most striking trend in town … Here, cooking took place in the hall, and the buttery was for messier domestic tasks requiring more space. Elizabeth’s working morning might have begun at the ‘newe building’ at the back […]

Notes from The Roman Street: Urban Life and Society in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Rome

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:48:04 +0000

p 35 “it is worth noting that the character of a single street varied markedly: it could literally be a matter of night and day. After the sun went down, what light was present filtered out of streetside buildings, such as taverns, which cut visibility and the safety it afforded in cities without a standing […]

Notes from Women and the Pamphlet Culture of Revolutionary England 1640-1660 by Marcus Nevitt

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:54:51 +0000

p. 36 Katherine Chidley desired “to develop a much more finely nuanced view of the reciprocal dynamics of pamphlet controversy than Edwards and other polemicists of the period: she eschews the annihilative rhetoric and rhetorical dead ends of textualized violence. Thus her own texts do not feature as ‘gloves’ thrown scornfully in the face of […]