The Leaning Tower, Normans in England, and Bach

I have visited Pisa three times: 1986, 1993, and 2008. I guess that makes me one of the relatively few Americans who has seen the Leaning Tower before, during, and after its decade-long foundation work. I had never read anything about the actual process by which the engineers halted the leaning process until yesterday, when I saw this interesting piece. If you are interested in the Tower, I highly recommend it.

Without a doubt, the most famous Onion-like version of British history out there is 1066 and All That, which if I remember correctly was written between the World Wars. If you have any background knowledge of English or British history, however foggy, you will find it very funny. Now a documentary about the Norman influence on Britain is being aired with the title 1066 and All That; this article gives a handy summary of some of the biggest changes the Norman conquerors brought to the island.

I have no idea what to make of this article about remixing J.S. Bach’s music. I console myself with the certainty that no one will be remixing Kanye West or the Black Eyed Peas 250 years from now.

I thought I’d be able to declare a major victory over WordPress today by successfully inserting a correctly sized image. Then I went too far and somehow made a slice of the Leaning Tower the image at the top of the homepage. . . . Oh, well.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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