Category Archives: B - READING

READINGJANUARY 2023

25071. (John Wilkins) The Dis­cov­ery of a New World: or, a Dis­course tend­ing to Prove, 
. . . . . that it is Prob­a­ble there may be anoth­er Hab­it­able World in the Moon [1638]
25072. (Mike Cura­to) Flamer [graph­ic novel]
25073. (Richard Thomp­son, et al) In Search of Pleis­tocene Remains at the Gates of 
. . . . . Europe: Direct­ed Sur­face Sur­vey of the Mega­lopo­lis Basin [arti­cle]
25074. (Mat­ti Charl­ton) You’re Mine ― A True Sto­ry for Brave Lit­tle Ones [graph­ic story] 
25075. (Eber­hard Zang­ger & Serdal Mut­lu) Putting the Luwian Cul­ture on the Map 
. . . . . [arti­cle]
25076. (Ben­nett Bacon, et al) An Upper Palae­olith­ic Pro­to-writ­ing Sys­tem and 
. . . . . Phe­no­log­i­cal Cal­en­dar [arti­cle]
25077. (Mat­ti Charl­ton) The Bal­last Boy [novel­la]
25078. The Voyn­ich Man­u­script [fac­sim­i­le]
25079. (Sachin Kun­dalkar) Cobalt Blue
25080. (Yvan Malig­orne & Ambroise Las­salle) Icono­gra­phie funéraire de Narbonne: 
. . . . . à pro­pos d’un relief fig­u­rant un com­bat naval [arti­cle]
25081. (Xinyuan Zhang, et al) Mis­sion Overview and Ini­tial Obser­va­tion Results of the 
. . . . . X‑Ray Pul­sar Navigation‑I Satel­lite [arti­cle]
25082. (Julian Win­ters) The Sum­mer of Everything
25083. (Jose­ba Rios-Garaizar, et al) Late Pre­his­toric Coastal Set­tle­ment Pat­terns in the 
. . . . . Cantabri­an Region, North­ern Spain [arti­cle]
25084. [2] (Michel de Mon­taigne) De l’ami­tié [orig­i­nal text] [read in Flo­rio tr. at 9575]
25085. (Alex Sanchez & Julie Maroh) You Brought Me the Ocean [graph­ic novel]
25086. (Bert Groe­newoudt, et al) Map­ping Lost Wood­land, An Attempt to Use the Spatial 
. . . . . Dis­tri­b­u­tion of Wood­land-Relat­ed Place Names as a Proxy for Localizing 
. . . . . Wood­land in the Mid­dle Ages [arti­cle]
25087. (Col­in Leg­erton & Jacob Raw­son) Invis­i­ble Chi­na ― A Jour­ney Through Ethnic 
. . . . . Borderlands
25088. (Nile Green) Kebabs and Port Wine: The Culi­nary Cos­mopoli­tanism of Anglo-
. . . . . Per­sian Din­ing, 1800–1835 [arti­cle]

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 — The Remarkable John Wilkins

I do seri­ous­ly, and upon good grounds affirm it pos­si­ble to make a fly­ing-char­i­ot; in which a man may sit, and give such a motion unto it, as shall con­vey him through the air. And this per­haps might be made large enough to car­ry divers men at the same time, togeth­er with food for their viaticum, and com­modi­ties for traf­fic. It is not the big­ness of any thing in this kind, that can hin­der its motion, if the motive fac­ul­ty be answer­able there­un­to. We see a great ship swims as well as a small cork, and an eagle flies in the air as well as a lit­tle gnat.
 This engine may be con­trived from the same prin­ci­ples by which Archy­tas made a wood­en dové, and Regiomon­tanus a wood­en eagle.
 I con­ceive it were no dif­fi­cult mat­ter (if a man had leisure) to shew more par­tic­u­lar­ly the means of com­pos­ing it.
 The per­fect­ing of such an inven­tion, would be of such excel­lent use, that it were enough, not only to make a man famous, but the age also where­in he lives. For besides the strange dis­cov­er­ies that it might occa­sion in this oth­er world, it would be also of incon­ceiv­able advan­tage for trav­el­ling, above any oth­er con­veyance that is now in use.
 So that not­whith­stand­ing all these seem­ing impos­si­bil­i­ties, it is like­ly enough, that there may be a means invent­ed of jour­ney­ing to the moon; and how hap­py shall they be, that are first suc­cess­ful in this attempt?

― John Wilkins, The Dis­cov­ery of a New World: or, a Dis­course tend­ing to prove, that it is prob­a­ble there may be anoth­er Hab­it­able World in the Moon, with a Dis­course of the Pos­si­bil­i­ty of a Pas­sage thith­er (pub­lished in 1638)

Though Wilkins pub­lished this half a cen­tu­ry before the pub­li­ca­tion of New­ton’s Prin­cip­ia, he had a pret­ty good grasp of grav­i­ta­tion, though it remained unnamed and its nature baf­fled him, and could pic­ture well enough the behav­iour of bod­ies in space. He explic­it­ly stat­ed that if there were a tun­nel dug through the Earth that inter­sect­ed its cen­ter and end­ed at its antipodes, an object thrown down it would come to rest, hov­er­ing, exact­ly at the cen­ter. Wilkins was a math­e­mati­cian, and ten years after the Dis­cov­ery of a New World, pub­lished a vol­ume called Math­e­mat­i­cal Mag­ick, in which he explained the gen­er­al prin­ci­ples of mechan­ics, spec­u­lat­ed on pos­si­ble tech­no­log­i­cal advances in the future (includ­ing flight), and urged his read­ers to pur­sue sci­en­tif­ic studies.

READINGDECEMBER 2022

25053. (Nushin Arbabzadah & Nile Green) Between Afghan “Idol­og­ra­phy” and Kafir 
. . . . . “Autoethnog­ra­phy”: A Mus­lim Con­vert Describes His For­mer Reli­gion [arti­cle]
25054. (George Mag­nus) Red Flags ― Why Xi’s Chi­na Is in Jeopardy
25055. (Clau­dia Chang) Inner Asian Pas­toral­ism in the Iron Age: The Tal­gar Case, 
. . . . . South-East­ern Kaza­khstan [arti­cle]
25056. (Dan Davis) The Wolf God
25057. (Oula Seit­so­nen) Change and Con­ti­nu­ity in the Holocene Lithics Use in the 
. . . . . Nyan­za Province, Kenya: A Gen­er­al Overview [arti­cle]
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READINGNOVEMBER 2022

25034. (Nile Green) The Lan­guages of Indi­an Ocean Stud­ies: Mod­els, Meth­ods and 
. . . . . Sources [arti­cle]
25035. (Jere­mi­ah Cur­tain) Myths and Leg­ends of Ireland
25036. (Sergei B. Kli­menko, Maria V. Stanyukovich & Galian B. Sychenko) Poetic 
. . . . . Lan­guage and Music of the hud­hud ni nosi, a Yat­tuka Funer­al Chant, 
. . . . . the Philip­pines [arti­cle]
25037. (Christi­na Papou­lia) Sea­ward Dis­per­sals to the NE Mediter­ranean Islands 
. . . . . in the Pleis­tocene. The Lith­ic Evi­dence in Ret­ro­spect [arti­cle]
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READINGOCTOBER 2022

25000. [2] (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) Le petit prince
25001. (Jor­rit M. Kelder) An Argu­ment for a Bronze Age Intro­duc­tion of the Chicken 
. . . . . in Greece [arti­cle]
25002. (Nigel Gor­ing-Mor­ris & Anna Belfer Cohen) “Far and Wide”: Social Networking 
. . . . . in the Ear­ly Neolith­ic of the Lev­ant [arti­cle]
25003. (Lau­rent Binet) Civilizations
25004. (André-Yves Bourgès) À pro­pos d’une clé de l’œu­vre de sir Wal­ter Scott. L’origine 
. . . . . angevine des Fraz­er d’E­cosse — nais­sance d’une tra­di­tion [arti­cle]
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READINGSEPTEMBER 2022

24977. (Jim Grim­s­ley) How I Shed My Skin
24978. (Steve Muhlberg­er) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­to­ry] Two Books on Charny
. . . . . [review]
24979. (Steve Muhlberg­er) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­to­ry] My Reac­tion to
. . . . . The Last Duel [review]
24980. (Jef­frey M. Hur­wit) The Athen­ian Acrop­o­lis ― His­to­ry, Mythol­o­gy, and Archaeology
. . . . . from the Neolith­ic Era to the Present
24981. (C. M. Clark, et al) The Mal­ta Cis­tern Map­ping Project: Expe­di­tion II [arti­cle]
24982. (David K. Wright) Cli­mate Change: Lacus­trine Zone [arti­cle] Read more »

READINGAUGUST 2022

24958. (Michael J. Crowe) The Extrater­res­tri­al Life Debate, 1750–1900
24959. (Mark Maguire & A. Jamie Saris) Enshrin­ing Viet­namese-Irish Lives [arti­cle]
(David W. Antho­ny ‑ed.) The Lost World of Old Europe ― The Danube Valley, 
. . 5000–3500 BC:
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READINGJULY 2022

24943. (Chris Loen­dorf, et al) East­ern Puebloans on the Mid­dle Gila Riv­er: The Middle 
. . . . . Rio Grande Dias­po­ra and Peri­od­ic Changes in Cul­tur­al Tra­di­tions [arti­cle]
24944. (Steven A. Cook) False Dawn: Protest, Democ­ra­cy, and Vio­lence in the New 
. . . . . Mid­dle East
24945. (Natalia Bichu­ri­na & James Cos­ta) Nom­mer pour faire exis­ter: l’épineuse
. . . . . ques­tion de l’oc [arti­cle]
24946. (Eleanor Brock­ett) Per­sian Fairy Tales [ill. Har­ry Toothill]
24947. (Adam B. Rohrlach, et al) Using Y‑chromosome Cap­ture Enrich­ment to Resolve 
. . . . . Hap­logroup H2 Shows New Evi­dence for a Two-path Neolith­ic Expansion 
. . . . . to West­ern Europe [arti­cle]
24948. (Nile Green) The Sur­vival of Zoroas­tri­an­ism in Yazd [arti­cle]
24949. (Elwin W. Midgett) An Account­ing Primer
24950. (William Shurtl­eff & Akiko Aoy­a­gi) The Book of Tofu ― Food for Mankind
24951. (Tom­my Tse, Vic­tor Shin & Ling Tung Tsang) From Shanzhai Chic to Gangnam 
. . . . . Style: Sev­en Prac­tices of Cul­tur­al-Eco­nom­ic Medi­a­tion in Chi­na and Korea 
. . . . . [arti­cle]
24952. (Kevin G. Hata­la, David A. Per­ry & Stephen M. Gatesy) A Bipla­nar X‑ray Approach 
. . . . . for Study­ing the 3D Dynam­ics of Human Track For­ma­tion [arti­cle]
24953. (Randy Bach­man) Randy Bach­man’s Vinyl Tap Stories
24954. (Karen S. Rubin­son) The Context{ualization} of Art in Non-Lit­er­ate Societies: 
. . . . . Armen­ian Mid­dle Bronze Age Images and Ani­mal Bones [arti­cle]
24955. (John Holt) Free­dom & Beyond
24956. (P. M. N. Hitch­ings, et al) A Baysian Approach to Archae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey in 
. . . . . North-west Jor­dan [arti­cle]
24957. (Richard J. Need­ham) The Hypo­der­mic Needham

READINGJUNE 2022

24927. (Christophe Picard) Sea of the Caliphs ― The Mediter­ranean in the Medieval
. . . . . Islam­ic World
24928. (Kol­b­jørn Enge­land, et al) New Flood Fre­quen­cy Esti­mates for the Largest
. . . . . Riv­er in Nor­way Based on a Nov­el Com­bi­na­tion of Streamflow‑, Historical‑,
. . . . . and Paleo-data [arti­cle]
24929. (Alfre­do Mederos Martín) El san­tu­ario feni­cio de la calle Mén­dez Núnez-plaza
. . . . . de las Mon­jas y el ini­cio de los asen­tamien­tos feni­cios en la península
. . . . . Ibéri­ca [arti­cle]
24930. (María Rosa Meno­cal) The Orna­ment of the World ― How Mus­lims, Jews, and
. . . . . Chris­tians Cre­at­ed a Cul­ture of Tol­er­ance in Medieval Spain
24931. (Stephen O’Shea) Sea of Faith ― Islam and Chris­tian­i­ty in the Medieval
. . . . . Mediter­ranean World
24932. (Tor­ben Bjarke Ballin) Radio­car­bon-dat­ing ― Is the Hum­ble Hazel­nut Shell
. . . . . Archae­ol­o­gy’s “Sil­ver Bul­let” or Not? [arti­cle]
24933. (Somdeep Sen) Race, Racism, and the Teach­ing of Inter­na­tion­al Relations
. . . . . [arti­cle]
24934. (Jeff Hearn, et al) Vio­lence Regimes: A Use­ful Con­cept for Social Politics,
. . . . . Social Ana­lyis, and Social The­o­ry [arti­cle]
24935. (Chris­tine Cald­well Ames) Medieval Here­sies: Chris­tian­i­ty, Judaism, and Islam
24936. (Ste­van Springer & Pas­cal Gag­neux) De nou­velles vari­a­tions génétiques
. . . . . préser­vent les fac­ultés cog­ni­tives des per­son­nes âgées [arti­cle]
24937. (Fred­erique Dar­ragon) The Lang Xian Thou­sand Year Old Grooved Towers ―
. . . . . A Pos­si­ble Con­nec­tion with the Lang Xian Ancient Tombs and/or the Lhodra
. . . . . Grooved Tow­ers [arti­cle]
24938. (Avishai Mar­galit) On Com­pro­mise and Rot­ten Compromises
24939. (Mark J. Kaswan) Coop­er­a­tives and the Ques­tion of Democ­ra­cy [arti­cle]
24940. (Jacob Lass­ner) Jews, Chris­tians, and the Abode of Islam
24941. (Élise Luneau) Effonde­ment ou évo­lu­tion de la civil­i­sa­tion de l’Oxus? Une
. . . . . révi­sion de la tran­si­tion de l’âge du Bronze à l’âge du Fer en Asie
. . . . . cen­trale mérid­ionale [arti­cle]
24942. (Bar­ry N. Malzberg) Herovit’s World

READINGMAY 2022

24889. (Shen Con­g­wen) Bor­der Town [边城]
24890. (Ste­fan Dreibrodt, et al) Earth­worms, Dar­win and Pre­his­toric Agriculture ― 
. . . . . Cher­nozem Gen­e­sis Recon­sid­ered [arti­cle]
24891. (Prim­i­ti­va Bueno Ramírez & Rodri­go de Bal­bín Behrmann) The End of the Ice Age 
. . . . . in South­ern Europe: Iber­ian Images in the Pale­olith­ic to Post-Palaeolithic 
. . . . . Tran­si­tion [arti­cle]
(William M. Brei­d­ing ‑ed.) Portable Stor­age Sev­en ― The Great Ser­con Issue, Part Two
. . . . 24892. (William Brei­d­ing) The Edi­tor Gets Jig­gy [pref­ace]
. . . . 24893. (Christi­na Lake) Uncan­ny Sleep­ers and Dreams of Utopias Past [arti­cle]
. . . . 24894. (D. S. Black) Flâneur in a Quan­tum State: Rome-Gno­sis at the Moun­tains . . . . . . . . . of Machen-ness [arti­cle]
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