It is time again for a series of posts that I use to reflect on the year that was. First up, I want to highlight some of my favorite posts to this point in the year. These are not necessarily the best or the best-trafficked, but rather things I wrote that I look back on fondly and think are worth revisiting.
This was a down-year for me in terms of output mostly because heavy teaching loads left me too little time to write. Unsurprisingly, most of the substantial writing I did here were related to teaching, academia, or related topics:
I didn’t write much about current events or politics this year, but I did write about the Salute to America event this past summer, reflecting on commemoration, ceremony, and identity:
Finally, I published one long post about the reception of Sherlock Holmes:
See also Best* of 2018, 2017 and 2016.
It is time again for my annual series of reflections. First up, I want to highlight some of my favorite posts to this point in the year. These are not necessarily the best or the best-trafficked, but rather things I wrote that I look back on fondly and think are worth revisiting. This year these fall into three categories.
See also Best* of 2017 and 2016.
Posts about teaching, education, and higher education, topics I spent more time writing about this year than I have in the past.
Personal posts that also reflect somewhat on society at large, including a letter I wrote to my representatives.
Just one post directly connected to scholarship, talking about the reception of Ancient Greece
It is that time of year. Once again I want to highlight some of the favorite things I wrote this year (last year’s list). I will probably publish a few more posts before the end of the year, including starting my end of year reflection posts. These are not necessarily the best or the best-trafficked, but rather things I wrote that I look back on fondly and think are worth revisiting.
First, I wrote more about the ancient world than I have in past years. A few highlights:
Person and People: Herodotus
Mass Persuasion (Again)
Class Warfare in fifth century Ionia
Isocrates, on the importance of history and oratory
Herodotus on rejecting the expertise of physicians
More Political Wisdom from Ancient Greece
Isocrates, on Corrupt Politicians
The Fate of Oratory
Did Alexander the Great suffer from CTE?
Second, three posts about contemporary events:
Write to your Senator
Privilege and Deportation
Finally, two posts about books:
EQ in fantasy literature
A Review of Infinite Jest
Between this blog and my academic projects, 2017 was good year for my writing. I would still like to engage more with current events, but the problem with this goal is that it would require writing on demand which, at least in the past, has not been my strong suit.
I am running a half-step behind all of the other “2016 year in review” posts this year because we had family visiting in the days leading up to the New Year and then I was on the road for a few days. This year I am adding several posts to my Year-End Slate, including one to highlight the posts of 2016 that I think are my best of the year. I am not using any metric for this other than the posts that I think are the best written or most worth revisiting.
Will I feed on Wisdom Like a Dog?
Unjust Logos and the Crowd
The Hearth and the Television
Who Needs Nuance?
Donald Trump and Some Assumptions about Isis
There are a few others posts, but this year I mostly blogged about books I read. I hope to write more posts along these lines in 2017.