In honor of Women's History Month, my article about female artists of the Hudson River School went live today on Daily Art Daily - the online counterpart to the Daily Art app I've been writing for. My piece features six female landscape painters who worked in nineteenth century America. The inspiration for this article came… Continue reading Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School
Last month, I told HeadStuff that I wanted to write an article about the origins of Santa Claus and the evolution of his appearance. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The history of Santa Claus is way more complicated than I thought. He doesn't have any one single origin or neat… Continue reading Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages – now on HeadStuff
Remember a little while ago I talked about how I was going to be writing for awesome French website Artips? Well, I'm excited to report that my piece "Ladies' Night" about Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party was just released today via Artips's email newsletter. If you followed my advice and subscribed to Artips, you should… Continue reading “Ladies’ Night” (The Dinner Party) – Now readable on Artips
It wouldn't be Halloween if I didn't write at least once about creepy creatures in art. (Did you really think I wasn't going to do it this year?) Well, HeadStuff just posted my article "Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art", in which I take a look at how imaginings of witches, vampires, demons, and… Continue reading Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art – just published on HeadStuff
Bilbo Baggins, the titular protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and his nephew Frodo Baggins, hero of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, shared a September 22nd birthdate. Accordingly, that day is annually celebrated as Hobbit Day, and the entire week is deemed to be "Tolkien Week". In honor of this year's festivities, Biblio.com just published my article "Beyond the Hobbit… Continue reading Happy Hobbit Day! (an article)
"The Fortsas Bibliohoax, or how a Belgian collector fooled book lovers for the fun of it" I wrote this article for Biblio.com's Book Collecting blog a few months ago now, but I only just found out that it was published. The Fortsas Bibliohoax, an elaborate prank perpetrated by a mid-nineteenth century book lover, is a hilarious story that… Continue reading “The Fortsas Bibliohoax” – now published on Biblio.com
Last week, I attended the New York Antiquarian Book Fair as an exhibitor for the third year in a row. The fair is an elaborate and exciting four-day event in which over 200 dealers from five continents display and sell antiquarian books, historic documents and autographs, ephemera, illuminated manuscripts, maps, and other collectible works on paper. It is probably the largest and… Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair
The fact that it is still December and I'm already writing a review of a book I got for Christmas should tell you everything you need to know about how wonderful this book was. David Day's The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings. (New York: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2013) is a 184-page-long,… Continue reading I Want to be a Tolkienologist — my review of David Day’s The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings
In honor of Movember, I wrote about history's best moustaches for HeadStuff.org. This article was fun to research. History's Best Moustaches - HeadStuff.
It's Halloween, and the Scholarly Skater is celebrating in Virginia's colonial capital. While I am enjoying a historical ghost tour (feel free to be jealous), enjoy my article on creepy medieval manuscripts on HeadStuff.org.