The Aporetic’s living history

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Mike O’Malley is a history professor, and he’s just started a blog called The Aporetic. The posts are more properly called essays, and they are fantastic explorations of history. I don’t mean the kind of history you learned in school, sanitized tales about the march of nations. These are relevant complicated stories that touch on things you know, but dig deeper to expose the harder truths.

For example, Theodore Roosevelt was an individualist, but he was also contradictorily obsessed with race. The gold standard isn’t such a great idea. Social Security was originally a jobs bill. Ben Franklin’s tweets. There’s no more information than there ever was.

Perhaps the most fascinating piece was his story about the racial recategorization of his great-great grandfather in the 1940’s: Colored Me.

I look forward to more from Mike, he expertly shows how history should be done, how it connects us to the past, and how we can learn from it today.


(What's up with his embedded stylesheets? all long words are hyphenated in Chromium unless I disable them.)
Yikes, I hadn't seen the site in Chrome. He's getting hyphenation from the WP-Typography plugin, which adds soft-hyphen characters to the text. He's also using the text-rendering: optimizeLegibility CSS property. Unfortunately, Chromium has a bug whereby optimizeLegibility borks soft hyphens.

That's what I call a bleeding-edge page design.

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