What is this blog about? Check out my introductory post here.
As an avowed history and film nerd, I wondered how I could apply these two interests into something that might be considered productive. The result is this blog.
Four years at MU earning a degree in English and history and a stint tutoring student athletes serve as my “credentials” I suppose, but that doesn’t really matter. I’ve now read a lot of books (of the textbook variety and not) based around a lot of history, and when discussing these things with people I started to realize something important. People love history. They loves stories. Also, Hollywood likes to take these original stories and twist them to fit a two hour plot.
There’s not necessarily anything wrong with this (actually, sometimes, there really is) but sometimes I just can’t help myself. During Spring Break of my senior year I decided to stay at school rather than go home, and spent the week reading and writing for my undergraduate thesis in history. By the end of that week, not only had I forgotten how to talk to people, but my mind was so stuffed full of Anne Boleyn the world had begun to take on a slightly surreal feeling. History started to seem more real than things in the real world. One of my friends asked if I wanted to go see “Clash of the Titans” (look, I hadn’t had a conversation with anyone who didn’t work at a restaurant in a week) and one of the previews was for the upcoming Russel Crowe version of “Robin Hood.” I spent every second of that preview pointing out how everything about the movie was wrong.
Now, I am happy to report that I am a living more in the present but the past, but that 60 seconds of my life was really fun. I want to try to recreate it as often as possible.