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Jan 4, 2005 7:23 am

If ...

If at 5:30-ish p.m. on Friday, 7 January 2005, you are at the AHA convention, standing near the registration desk in the lobby of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, in Seattle, Washington, and you
a) have extravagant academic hair;
b) are wearing a mouse pad instead of a name tag;
c) appear to be chanting"Sharon Howard is a goddess";
d) have a cup of coffee in one hand and a little stack of cookies in the other; or
e) are wearing pajamas instead of your usual conventioneering get-up,
we will assume that you intend to join us for a history blogfest at a nearby establishment. Bloggers, blog readers, and their guests are invited. Drinks and intelligent chatter are the order of the hour. Those who wish to may continue on to dinner. The only requirement is that you agree to honor the anonymity of pseudonymous bloggers. Another Damned Medievalist is calling the shots on this one. Oh, and if all of the above are true of you, I'm calling House Security.

Last time I looked, it appeared that Sepoy at Chapati Mystery has won the Asia Blog Award 2004 for best Pakistani blog (scroll down). Congratulations!

Finally, C. A. Tripp's much anticipated book, The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln, has just been published by the Free Press. It surveys the evidence and makes the case that Lincoln had considerable homosexual experience. As I've said before, I am a skeptic about this one. Yet, so reputable a historian as Goucher's Jean H. Baker has done the introduction to the book, which will cause some of us to take notice. At Vanity, Gore Vidal has a fascinating web-only essay about it,"Was Lincoln Bi-sexual."

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Jonathan Dresner - 1/5/2005

The last time I participated in a face-to-face meeting of on-line discussants was a while back, but what I remember is that the conversation was fast and had nothing whatsoever to do with the topic of the on-line forum; on-line antagonists (or cold neutrals) turned out to be quite friendly in person, and some of them apparently had side discussions going on that the rest of us weren't privy to, because they knew a lot more about each other than you'd expect.

The real uncertainty comes when you have to go back to being "on-line guy" again....

C. H.L. George - 1/5/2005

I'll be curious to know if you can all talk to each other or whether you have to write messages on the table cloth.

Rob D. Priest - 1/4/2005

Jonathan Katz's _Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality_ also discusses the matter in some depth.

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