Link Loves: Volume XXXXIV

Link Loves are here, and there’s plenty of things to discover from my internet rabbit hole adventures.

Also, happy Halloween to those of you who celebrated! Here’s a piece on dressing up as a witch, which caught my attention having studied the history of witchcraft earlier in the year.

Required reading: the books that students read around the world. A reading list doesn’t get much better than this.

And on why successful students have no passion for school (trust me, I have a bit of affinity with this feeling).

On Clara Schumann, whose story is much more complex than a woman overshadowed by her husband. Sometimes the historical record gains anachronisms.

And in trying to find other women lost to history, I discovered these Scottish sisters who pioneered Art Nouveau and yet never talked about.

“The idea of history is strange, and unsettling.” I really, really enjoyed this piece. It’s a little long, but it’s a much-needed meditation on curiosity and wonderment. I hope you enjoy this too.

This is a delightful piece in the New Yorker, on the Paris Opera, backstage, in the mid-nineteenth century. Having seen the Opéra Garnier IRL, as well as many of Degas’ ballerinas (six postcards hang on my bedroom wall), it didn’t take much for me to fall in love with this piece.

This is a pretty incredible letter of apology to Mother Earth. And metaphor for plenty of other things, if you ask me.

On higher education’s medievalist moral panic. This is also metaphor…

On poetry, as the art of language.

In history news…the Bayeux tapestry is apparently French, not English, as has long been thought. I still remember learning about it in Year 8 of high school, and though a love for history had long been in me by that time, it’s definitely part of the reason the Medieval/Early Modern period is the one I now study.

To get a little political, here’s Aaron Sorkin’s open letter to Zuckerberg.

The media has also seized Barack Obama’s takedown of ‘political wokeness’. He has a point, that words mean nothing without actions. Part of the problem, though, is the repercussions of social media – that ‘cancel culture’ means there can be no redemption, there can be no rehabilitation. And that’s something the kids haven’t worked out.

And to soothe, a little Maya Angelou. And maybe it will be a brave and startling truth.

In case you wanted to find the best coffee in Melbourne…

Hetty Kate, an Australian jazz singer, has just released a new album Under Paris Skies, and I’m loving it:

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