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I'm somewhat shocked that the Wellcome History of Medicine unit at UCL is due to be shut down. That's a WHOLE lot of historians of medicine at all phases of their career who will be out of a job by sometime in the next two years.

Ben Bova has a book coming out based on the Iliad. LeGuin's Lavinia was based on the Aeneid. Does this mean we're due for a book based on the Odyssey?

Balloonists over Bristol - one of my favorite reports from during the volcanic ash shutdown.

Blogs, thematically: A Bit of Butter and a Pinch of Arsenic. Even as there can be book spine poetry, surely there can be Blog Title Recipes. I'd rather not eat this particular one, of course.


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Apr. 25th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Well, Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad came out in 2005...
Apr. 25th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Of course! Perhaps hers is the credit for getting the ball rolling?

Edited to add: There's been a moderate amount of mythological things lately, with the Percy Jackson books/movies and the inspired-by-the-The Clash of the Titans films. I see The Lightning Thief was 2005 also. A real trend, or just a cluster of a perennial favorite theme?

Edited at 2010-04-25 10:19 pm (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Part of it is Canongate's list - Atwood was an early entry in their myths series, with Pullman the latest. See, say http://www.themyths.co.uk/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canongate_Myth_Series. But that doesn't explain Bova or Le Guin. (Can anything explain Bova?!)
Apr. 27th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Of course Oh Brother where art thou was a film in 2000 based (very loosely) on the Odyssey and Troy was a 2004 film about the Trojan war/Iliad. A bit outside this current cluster but still I'm going with perennial favourite theme.
Apr. 26th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks for the shout out! Should we add 'one peppercorn' to the recipe? ;-)
Apr. 26th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
AIUI, there has been a fair amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth more generally at the Wellcome's decision to move from funding Hist of Med to funding 'medical humanities' more generally. How much this decision is a consequence of that I don't know; rumours I have heard suggest there may have been more to it than that, but it's definitely a shock.
Jun. 9th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the linkage! A pinch of arsenic is, of course, only for special dinners ;-)

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