This week, I got a little distracted by history news…
From BookRiot: An interview with Dolen Perkins Valdez on creating new historical narratives.
Holy ancient history, Batman! Hair and eye color of ancient skeletons can now be determined. Also, in one of the worst news videos I’ve ever seen, news that two Roman-era Egyptian papyri have been re-discovered at UBC.
If you’re feeling hard-hit by life, or you’re low on motivation, you need to see this truly inspiring video about Damon C. Scott, singer in subways and vocalist on the house hit (I never heard) Storm Queen. It’s a short introduction to being grateful for what you have and at the same time being determined to achieve a dream.
For our fans of psychological suspense, horror, and darker fantasy, Tor lists the recently announced Shirley Jackson award-winners.
In other history news, the Learned Pig has an excerpt about medieval charms and curses from Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches by Michael Campion. This is almost as good as ancient graffiti from Pompeii.
An ancient Roman fresco was discovered in France. It’s one of very few frescoes that have been found outside of Italy.
Frustrated by the unreality of Instagram? Buzzfeed compares reading on Instagram to reading in real life.