Ishtar. Astarte. Aphrodite’s origins go way back on Cyprus. Learn more about the myth of Aphrodite and important locations for her ancient worship in the latest issue of my newsletter spin-off, The Cyprus Files. Thanks for reading!
Cyprus’ religious history spans millennia. In the latest issue of my newsletter, learn about four holy sites on the island, each relevant to different faiths.
Thanks for reading!
The newsletter is back for 2022! Check out a recap of my near-Pope experience in Cyprus last month, including a brief primer on the shared history between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. As always, thanks for reading!
Photo copyright Harrison Blackman, 2021.
You’ve heard of Spotify Wrapped. How about “The Usonian Unwrapped”? In this end-of-year post I recap 2021 and highlight some of my favorite articles from the first year of the newsletter.
Thanks for reading and see you in 2022!
“Cities are, by definition, the places where people find creative solutions to the dilemma of living together.”
I’m pleased to publish one last (!) interview this year—this one with the amazingly erudite Bruce Clark, whose new book “Athens: City of Wisdom” tells the story of the fabled city all the way from antiquity to present.
As the pandemic resurges to the top of the news, learn about how the situation is being handled in Cyprus, in the latest post in my newsletter series, The Cyprus Files.
Stay safe out there. Thanks for reading.
I was pleased to be a guest once more on the “Film at Fifty” podcast, which discusses films from 50 years ago.
On this episode, I join host Brian Rowe for a discussion of the extremely popular TV movie Brian’s Song (1971), which featured lauded performances by Billy Dee Williams and Jimmy Caan as football players for the Chicago Bears who form a lasting friendship despite their on-the-field rivalry and different backgrounds.
Though aspects of the film haven’t aged well, it’s still worth talking about due to the strong performances of the famous leads.
Why do we call turkeys by the same name as a prominent country in the Middle East?
Here’s a little holiday-themed post from my newsletter The Usonian. Happy Thanksgiving!