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Res Obscura is now on Substack
Three years late, but historians are always late
In Latin, res means thing, event, history, and obscura is the root of the English word “obscure” — so Res Obscura could be loosely translated as “obscure stuff” or “hidden history.” Which is a fair description of the contents.
I had meant to make this switch back in 2020, but many things — Covid, going up for tenure, becoming a new parent — got in the way. Throughout it all though I’ve meant to get back into the habit of writing weekly posts, and Substack of the 2020s reminds me (mostly in a good way) of blogging in the 2010s.
Perhaps my proudest moment from writing the original Res Obscura was when I gave a mumbly interview on Radio New Zealand about 17th century watermelons, the history of chili peppers, and the once-popular medicine known as “snail water.”
I can only hope to replicate that success with this newsletter.
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