Geeks and ancient Greeks

Preview(opens in a new tab) The knowledgeable and obsessive type is not a modern creation. Geeks have always accompanied every age. The classical world had its ancient geeks, peculiar individuals who would insist on a certain topic, activity or way of life, and who would attract the curiosity of those around them. Ancient geeks wereContinue reading “Geeks and ancient Greeks”

Groundbreaking translations

Translations never make the headlines. Translators don’t enjoy the same reputation as authors do, although a translation is, by many accounts, a work of authorship. And yet, cultures would have been very different if translations hadn’t existed. The background noise to a literate culture is made up of translations. In Western Europe, Christianity triumphed overContinue reading “Groundbreaking translations”

‘You’re dead to me’

We’ve been blocking undesired and uninvited people in our lives long before Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp put us in charge of the block killswitch. Sometimes, we can go so far as to eliminate someone from our lives so completely that we’d even escape the dreaded ‘you’re dead to me’. There’s no worse block than that.Continue reading “‘You’re dead to me’”

Peer-to-peer libraries

There are private libraries and there are public libraries. Walk-in libraries and appointment-only libraries. Libraries that are easy and fun to use and libraries where you only go to when you really need to. Whatever they are, libraries are institutions, places of permanence and stability. Historically, libraries emerged in places that were least likely toContinue reading “Peer-to-peer libraries”