Reading in Place: May 6, 2020

Bill Bryson, The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Doubleday, 2019, 450pp.) During the last month to six weeks, as we’ve been sheltering in place, have you had more or less time to read? To watch and read the news, you’d think people had nothing but time on their hands. I’ve been fortunate to be ableContinue Reading »

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: Christopher Morley

In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton remembers the life and works of the one of his favorite writers, Christopher Morley, born 130 years ago today.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Fall of the Third Reich

In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton looks back 75 years ago this week to events in April 1945, including Hitler’s death and the end of World War II in Europe.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Polio Vaccine

In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton looks back at the devastating polio epidemic of the 20th century and the Salk vaccine, first field tested 66 years ago this week, that eventually eradicated the virus.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: Library of Congress

Continuing our celebration of National Library Week, Dr. Deaton discusses the history of America’s premier national library, established 220 years ago this week.