Ok, so these two topics don’t really go together, at least on the surface…But these links have been open in my browser for a while, and I’d like to clear them off before going home tomorrow (at least, that’s what the airport says…I’m not sure about that. Lot of white stuff swirling around out there!).
In addition to whatever random information or “vacation” updates that I post in the next two weeks, be on the lookout for a couple longer pieces I’ve been putting off till I had a chance to write them. One deals with two recent popular crusades articles, one on the state of military history as a field, and the last is an historian’s assessment of the film A Knight’s Tale (the inspiration for which came while showing it, once again, for another class last week). I’d been toying with creating a “film reviews” page for some time, but, as I really wanted such reviews to be substantial, I hadn’t yet done anything with the idea. However, as I do have an ever-growing list of notes to A Knight’s Tale, I figure it’s about time to write them up formally. So it begins…
Anyhow…my friend Kira posted this link from the Chronicle the other day, and in the season of grant-writing (which is not yet over) it bears repeated reading. So much so that I’ve saved the web page to my computer. Really. One commenter said it was “obnoxious,” but that person needs to lighten up. “How to Fail in Grant Writing” is a great article, full of information and check-points for us poor writers!
The second article is a rather somber one from The New York Times on December 12, on how Iraqi Christians are fleeing targeted violence in Iraq. The picture painted of post-occupation Iraq is not a very rosy one, to say the least. On the historical side, I think the various denominations of Iraqi Christians are worth noting, as I would venture to say that many folks weren’t even aware that there were Christian churches in Iraq. Reminds me for some reason of the relationship of the Levantine Christian churches with the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages–the eastern churches “did things a bit differently,” so to speak, and, I’ve got the impression, were occasionally regarded as oddities even by the Frankish soldiers and clerics who traveled to the east. Anyway, it’s a dimension of the past and present Middle Eastern conditions that deserves more attention.