The Rest Is History

Getting ready to hibernate, why we write, and a well-preserved snack bar.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, January 01, 2021

Lumbering in Winter, by Winslow Homer, from Every Saturday: A Journal of Choice Reading, January 28, 1871. Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Ray Austrian Collection, gift of Beatrice L. Austrian, Caryl A. Austrian, and James A. Austrian.

• “What Thomas Jefferson Could Never Understand About Jesus.” (The New Yorker)

• “Which translation of Beowulf should I read?” (

• “Archaeologists unearth well-preserved ancient ‘snack bar’ in Pompeii ruins.” (CBS News)

• “Why is there a need to write something down? I think the reason for that is simple. Those are the requirements of accounting.” (Nautilus)

• A travel guide to Persepolis. (British Museum Blog)

• “Is there a history from below, or at least a wider genealogy, that might explain the paradoxical political and intellectual event that was ‘E.P. Thompson’?” (Aeon)

• Considering Bridgerton and the history of depicting Regency England. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

• “Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating.” (The Guardian)

• A history of royal pets. (Vanity Fair)

• This week in obituaries: Reginald Foster, Barry Lopez, Barbara Rose, Pierre Cardin, H. Jack GeigerLuke Letlow, Tony Rice, Peter Lamont, Scott Donaldson, Howard J. Rubenstein, George Blake, Stella Tennant, Ted DeLaney, Lin Qi, Leslie West, Betty Campbell-Adams, Phil Niekro, John Outterbridge, and Jackie Saccoccio.