Louie Zamperini, Olympian and World War II hero, died July 2 at the age of ninety-seven. In the spring of 1943, Zamperini’s bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. He survived 47 days at sea, only to be captured by the Japanese . . .
I gave a talk this past week to a group of people in my field — including a visiting leading expert. There were questions afterward and some were pointedly critical. It was quite harsh and when it was over, I had to get out of the room as I knew I would cry . . .
Okay, I admit it: I’m a sucker for any book that mentions Dorothy L. Sayers. Given that there are only twelve Lord Peter Wimsey novels (at least written by Sayers; the series has been continued by Jill Payton Walsh) and a handful of short stories . . .
“ABD.” When we hear this acronym, most people either cheer or cringe. If you recently passed your qualifying exams, “All But Dissertation” is a celebratory milestone. And if you’re revising Chapter 6 for the sixth time, you probably feel like you’ve fallen . . .
Far north off England’s east coast, near Scotland, is Holy Island, known as “Lindisfarne” at first millennium’s close. Its vibrant monastery could only be reached from the mainland at low tide, by a path of mud and sand flats . . . more
Stranded high on a cracking vinyl cushion, I tried not to blink, eyes filling with regret. I’d picked the pixie cut after browsing waiting-room Glamour magazines, but watching six inches of my dark locks lopped off . . . more