I’m off at work/internship today, so instead of a well-written original post (okay, even I couldn’t write that with a straight face, well-written?) let’s chat about what we’re reading.
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about paleontology and extinct human species. So I thought I’d share the last two weeks of reads with you guys.
Since I finished The Casual Vacancy I needed something a bit less dramatic. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts by Bryan Sykes is just what I needed. This is all about the genetic ancestry of the peoples of the British Isles. Or, as I like to call it, the sweet spot where history and science meet. I also picked up the book All The Lovely Bad Ones from my local library, and it’s meant for kids about 13, but it’s a fun read.
I started reading Science Magazine’s website, and found that they have a HUGE section on paleontology and fossil humans. For a random sampling: How We Domesticated Ourselves | Pregnant Fossil Mare & Fetus | Profile of Rachel Watkins (my favorite anthropology professor)
Early Europeans Weathered Ice Age | BBC World News recently posted this article, which is super interesting if you’re like me and into this sort of thing.
Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Found in Alaska | Smithsonian Magazine is always good for science, anthropology, and history articles.
The Long History of Disease and Fear of the “Other” | In this time of crazy outlandish fears about Ebola, it’s important to remember the cultural history of disease and othering.
Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Realize She’s the Butt of an Old Racial Joke | This article from The Grio sums up exactly what I thought when I saw the photos of Kim Kardashian from the Paper Magazine photoshoot. The images reminded me very much of Saartjie Baartman, also known as the Hottetot Venus. They conjure up a long history of the exploitation of the bodies of women, especially women of color. On the other hand, I’m not about policing what another woman does with her body – mother or not.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Response | Just for good measure, the Met weighed in with an art history comparison and it’s good to remember that everything has a longer context than the last few years.
I’ve been incredibly into slam poems recently, and Button Poetry is my current favorite channel for them. Some personal faves? The Tampon Poem | Thighs | The First Time I Met His Mother | Fantastic Breasts And Where To Find Them | Khaleesi | Sleeping On God | Girl Code 101 | The Nineteen Text Messages To You Stuck In My Drafts Box | Mother of Dragons | One Side of an Ongoing Conversation with Sharon, My Therapist