Weekly Reads — February 19, 2017

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It’s a week of history, romance (OooOoooO!), and remembering an article I was supposed to write about last week.

The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day” — NPR:

We started off the week with that ubiquitous holiday of romance and chocolate.  I had a vague understanding of where Valentine’s Day came from — something about a martyred saint and the such — but didn’t know about the Roman holiday of Lupercalia, which could be considered the original Valentine’s Day. I wish the article would have expanded on the usage of the holiday in Shakespeare’s works.

Making Ink” — The Recipes Project: 

When I found this article my heart swooned a bit. The whole website in dedicated to recreating (or attempting to recreate) historical recipes. This particular article really sparks my interest because I’ve always had a love for old-fashioned ink and quill pens. The website is really good as well if you have any interest in methods for teaching history or recreating the past.

Opening the Heart’s Floodgates, With a Paw” — Modern Love (New York Times):

I have homesickness sometimes. Particularly as I’m living in a dormitory abroad. These past few months have been hard because I’ve had absolutely no contact with animals but when I’m at home I’m constantly surrounded by dogs and cats. And a sheep. This article gave me warm fuzzies thinking about the people who love shelter dogs.

And finally, the article which I forgot last week:

Q&A: The Women Who Write Dinosaur Erotica” — The Cut (New York Magazine): 

Yes, dinosaur erotica is a thing. Which I had no clue about until a couple months ago when a friend (the same friend who pointed out that this article was not included in last week’s edition of “Weekly Reads”) mentioned it. It’s an interesting insight into what type of books sell. Apparently. I would suggest following your enjoyment of this article with a little light listening of the podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno.

 

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