It's a beautiful but chilly fall morning, ideal for a little gaggle of quick hits:
- There is an interesting article in Vanity Fair that looks at the role of Athonite monks in Greek financial crisis. The economic power of monastic communities in both Greece and Cyprus evokes the role of monasteries in Byzantium.
- An Ian Morris interview offers a few gems: "The past sucked" and "The ancient distinctions between East and West will be irrelevant to robots". (via Dimitri Nakassis)
- Twitter as narrative and as mind-streaming.
- A new Teaching Thursday yesterday reminds me of some of the challenges from teaching my first class as a grad student years ago. (And if you don't, follow us at OIDatUND on Twitter)
- It's great to see Kostis Kourelis blogging again and his post on the Masons of the Morea is great piece of mini-scholarship (also inspired by Dimitri Nakassis).
- What I'm reading: R. Hingley, Globalizing Roman Culture: unity, diversity and empire. Routledge 2005.
- What I'm listening to: Saccharine Trust, We Became Snakes; Busta Rhymes, When Disaster Strikes; The Walkmen, Lisbon.
Have a great fall weekend!