Let's have a salon

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:00 am
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Several years ago, I ran a series of weekly salon posts, where I'd post a topic to get us started, people would show up in the comments, and conversation would ensue. Now seems a good time to try them again!

(You should not feel restrained to keep on this topic! Start other topics! Encourage topic drift! That's part of the point. Feel free to ask random questions, there's a chance someone might know about the thing.)

This week's question

What are you learning right now that you're really interested by? (That might be a project for work, for personal stuff, a gaming geekery thing, a book you're reading, a podcast you're listening to, the fact you're learning a lot about Dreamwidth and how it works this week, or anything else.)

What do you like about it? What are you finding more challenging?

Things currently contemplating

I'm currently reading Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, which is well-researched and has a really interesting structure where he's looking at different pieces of it through small slices (individual people, towns, situations) and tracing back to the origins as much as possible. I really like books where the information part is well done, but the structure creates connections between pieces of information in helpful and new ways.


* Consider this a conversation in my living room, only with a lot more seating. I reserve the right to redirect, screen, and otherwise moderate stuff, but would vastly prefer not to have to.
* If this works this week, I'll do an updated FAQ and continue.
* If you don't have a DW account or want to post anonymously, please include a name we can call you in this particular post. (You can say AnonymousOne or your favourite colour or whatever. Just something to help keep conversations clear.)
* If you've got a question or concern, feel free to PM me.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dejla
There are amazing things in that time period. Have you heard of Mary Anning, who found the first full plesiosaurus skeleton? She lived in Lyme Regis and was a superb fossil hunter.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dejla
This will sound a little silly in that context, but there was a British writer of Regency and sometimes earlier romances, and three or four of them are set in Russia during the Regency/Napoleonic Wars period. Her name was Dinah Dean, and you can only find those used -- I usually go to Bookfinder and see which booksellers have them.

And Renaissance Italy is a wonderful time to research!
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