Thanksgiving II

Giving thanks to history with a small “h” today, or with a small “m”, to microhistory, small-scale history of the mundane and the marginal, the common and the weird, beautifully rendered in this short documentary, courtesy of Errol Morris and the New York Times Online: The-umbrella-man.html

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Who Knewt?

Newt Gingrich (Photo: AP)

Here’s a suggestion for my fellow-historians: if questioned what you actually “do”,¬†your answer should be: “as a historian, I offer¬†people strategic advice over a long period of time.” Next, you should stop by your dean’s office and demand to have your salary upgraded to the new standard.