I was stupidly busy today with work, so I have little idea what’s happening in the world. Nonetheless, some things that caught my attention today…
The Essay, Religion in the North, Norse Mythology: Karl Seigfried – An interesting personal essay on the continuing emotional pull of Norse mythology, a millennium after Scandinavia was Christianized. BBC Radio 3
The 1917 explosion in Halifax that reverberated in Boston – I was aware of the Halifax Explosion — an accident during World War I (December 1917, specifically) that pretty much leveled Halifax in Nova Scotia — but I wasn’t aware of the details (the property damage, the death toll), nor was I aware of the recovery effort that was spearheaded by the city of Boston. PRI’s The World
Selling Out the Newspaper Comic Strip – This fascinating piece contrasts the careers of Charles Schulz and Bill Watterson, placing their comic strips (Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, respectively) in the context of publishing environments of the times, charting their separate battles against their syndicates, and their contrasting views on licensing. Los Angeles Review of Books
There was a Facebook post as well that discussed an article in The Atlantic. I’ll post that as well, once I’ve had a chance to sit down and read what I wrote this morning. The coffee hadn’t quite kicked in.