Why Blog A Book? An Invitation to Play

Don’t worry: I’m not going to blog the whole book. If I did I would never finish it. Or at least, I wouldn’t be able to finish it and also finish season 6 of Game of Thrones. On the other hand, as academic bloggers know, the discipline of blogging is good for keeping our minds…

Free Range Research

One of my talents as a researcher is also one of my flaws. I reach far beyond the main focus of a given project to try to raise new questions and make connections that all allow me to understand it better. This has seemed particularly important in my current project, in which the history of…

Truth or Consequences? The Problem of Authority

In When Radical Feminism Talks Back, a chapterĀ of a collection I edited with Renee Romano, I discuss what is, to my mind, a critical issue in writing recent history: many of the people I am writing about are still alive. This is also a legal issue, at least for me. Many of the activists in…

Writing in Chunks

Confession: I have not been writing this book in chapters. I have been writing it in chunks. We always imagine other historians sitting down, calmly and coolly at their desks, putting all the documents in the right order, and starting to write. I actually did that with my first book, but there was a secret:…