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Book: SPQR

In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (Economist) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Mar 22, 2019 - 8 comments

Proven Innocent?

Anybody up for this? I like the topic and the cast and creator don't bug me. [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Feb 15, 2019 - 3 comments

Book: The Monster Baru Cormorant

The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist―a secret lord of Falcrest, the authoritarian Empire of Masks she's vowed to destroy. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 3, 2018 - 19 comments

Book: The Traitor Baru Cormorant

In Seth Dickinson's highly-anticipated debut The Traitor Baru Cormorant, a young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy. [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita on Sep 14, 2016 - 10 comments

Empire: Time Will Unfold  Season 2, Ep 14

This is the boringest episode of Empire ever. There's a pregnancy announcement, more fighting over who gets to be the CEO, and someone's not dead and eh....I'm not so much with the caring. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jun 27, 2016 - 0 comments

Empire: The Tameness of a Wolf  Season 2, Ep 13

Who cares about those chicks who took over Empire any more? Not after the first five minutes! Hakeem juggles girls, Jamal makes friends with Freda, Lucious and Andre have flashbacks, and Cookie ruins her own birthday party. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on May 19, 2016 - 4 comments

Empire: A Rose By Any Other Name  Season 2, Ep 12

Hakeem is king, Cookie is making great facial expressions, Lucious only sees some things coming, Jamal is getting shit for being a flip flopper, Andre continues down the crazy train, and Rhonda makes a good spy. Oh, and Camilla can't wait for her wife to just die already. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on May 9, 2016 - 3 comments

Empire: Death Will Have His Day  Season 2, Ep 11

Hakeem gets the throne, the bone, the strut, and the suit. Cookie gets the job she always wanted. Jamal gets some tedious arguments about his sexuality. Lucious gets a gun. Andre and Rhonda get nothing but blood and pain. Anika gets to gloat. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Apr 30, 2016 - 0 comments

Empire: Et Tu, Brute?  Season 2, Ep 10

Lucious and Rhonda get betrayed all out the wazoo. Jamal feels weird about his new sexuality. All the Lyon boyz get music nominations. Cookie returns to prison to put on a show for her true sisters. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Dec 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Empire: Sinned Against  Season 2, Ep 9

Lucious is still working on that business deal. Cookie has family drama and boyfriend drama. Hakeem has stalker two night stand drama. Jamal has adorable chemistry with a girl, and Rhondre have a new house. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 26, 2015 - 1 comment

Empire: My Bad Parts  Season 2, Ep 8

Jamal forces his parents to work together on a song so he can get a deal with Pepsi. Freda challenges Hakeem to a rap battle and Cookie and Lucious make a bet on it. Lucious is still working on that deal from last week, yawn. Anika’s...well, guess what the show thought of to do with her. You’ll totally guess what it is. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 18, 2015 - 5 comments

Empire: True Love Never  Season 2, Ep 7

Lucious and Mimi work on another business deal and get hot and heavy, but then the Flashback Train To Hell interrupts that. Andre has to figure out how to get shit done without screwing someone. Hakeem continues to groom his little protege. Jamal writes an awesome song with Cookie's secret help. Cookie has an all-day boinkfest and plots a summer jam. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 11, 2015 - 6 comments

Empire: A High Hope for a Low Heaven  Season 2, Ep 6

Hakeem's kidnapping is over with very quick, and then he has a bunch of flashbacks and tries to deal with the repercussions of it. In other news, some ladies get laid, Lucious continues to drool over Freda and harass Hakeem, and Andre really doesn't get the point of Gutter Life whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 4, 2015 - 2 comments

Empire: Be True  Season 2, Ep 5

Lyon Dynasty folks are the targets of various crimes, including theft and kidnapping. Laura is not interested in getting down with Hakeem. Jamal has relationship drama. Andre gets baptized. Lucious continues to be on the Flashback Train To Hell. Cookie is fine for now, thank you. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 5 comments

Empire: Poor Yorick  Season 2, Ep 4

Here comes the FBI, invading all Lyon family businesses! The Lyons attempt to put up a show of support by having Hakeem and Jamal do a video together, which does not go so well. Some creepy ass painter/photographer is drooling over Jamal. Hakeem continues to actually make good points. Cookie gets a surprise arrest. Andre finds a way to get back into Empire by ah, digging. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Oct 14, 2015 - 4 comments

Empire: Fires of Heaven  Season 2, Ep 3

Lucious gets out of jail, declares himself a god, and attempts to sign Freda as an artist, much to Jamal's annoyance. Jamal has musician's block. Lyon Dynasty declares war on Empire, Empire fires right back. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Oct 7, 2015 - 4 comments

Empire: Without A Country  Season 2, Ep 2

Team Takeover works on starting up a new business, while most of them seem to debate whether or not they want to come back to Empire. Hakeem hangs out with the ladies and breaks the law. Lucious gets harassed in prison and has his drugs taken away--and then gets a very interesting lawyer to fight that shit and help him record in prison. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Sep 30, 2015 - 3 comments

Empire: The Devils Are Here  Season 2, Ep 1

Lucious rots in jail and reunites with an old friend. Meanwhile, everyone fights over who's going to take over Empire. Again. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Sep 23, 2015 - 3 comments

Empire: Die But Once, Who I Am  Season 1, Ep 11

There's an IPO. There's a concert. There's a confession of murder. There's fights. There's gold lion bling. Welcome to the season finale of Empire as everyone picks their teams.... [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Mar 18, 2015 - 18 comments

Empire: Sins Of The Father  Season 1, Ep 10

It's time to sign some important IPO papers! Let's bring on some drama with ditching girlfriends, returning babymommas, coke-snorting lawyers and a random dude with a gun! [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Mar 11, 2015 - 15 comments

Empire: Unto the Breach  Season 1, Ep 9

Anika is outed by Cookie as defecting to Billy, and everyone's at war, going all Jerry Maguire in trying to save their stars. Lovely singalongs happen, Cookie gets hella drunk, and Andre loses it. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Mar 4, 2015 - 8 comments

Empire: The Lyon's Roar  Season 1, Ep 8

Lucious juggles two women and lies and promises a bunch of shit and reneges. The family minus Andre get together to supposedly do Lucious's hit song "You're So Beautiful," the usual squabbling erupts. Andre tries to pimp out his wife and gets totally rejected by Dad and then reacts...poorly. Jamal sings his way out of that closet. Hakeem actually mans up and most of the time actually acts like a non-ass this week! [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 comments

Empire: Our Dancing Days  Season 1, Ep 7

This is the most mushy, sentimental, sweet, d'awwwww episode of this show ever. Who'da thunk it? Anyway, everyone's teaming up to put on a big show for investors, and the little petty dramas of babies, drugs, ex-boyfriends, hidden girlfriends, and eyeing the security guy are all put aside to put on a big show...and then Lucious's voice goes all verklempt and Cookie takes the stage for him. And then Lucious has some news to break to everyone... [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Feb 18, 2015 - 8 comments

Empire: Out, Damned Spot  Season 1, Ep 6

Cookie fights to represent Elle (Courtney Love), who she idolized while she was in prison, but now that girl has gone downhill. She also shows up in impressive lingerie to a family dinner only to find out that Lucious and BooBooKitty are engaged. Jamal's song is blowing up, but that's leading to his relationship going downhill. Hakeem rages against all dem bitches. Vernon finds out that Lucious killed Bunkie and despite being pissed, arranges a coverup anyway. Lucious gets a dubious "concierge doctor" to get him dubious drugs from Russia. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Feb 12, 2015 - 5 comments

Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Empire' And The Importance Of Different Voices

This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 6, 2015 - 16 comments

Empire: Dangerous Bonds  Season 1, Ep 5

It's a tale of two songs: Hakeem records a video and Jamal records a song. Meanwhile, Cookie gets forced to testify against a killer and spends most of the episode freaking out about that. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Feb 5, 2015 - 7 comments

Empire: False Imposition  Season 1, Ep 4

Everybody wants to sign Titan, the new hot thing currently cooling his heels in prison. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 comments

Empire: The Devil Quotes Scripture  Season 1, Ep 3

A family dinner is held. Hakeem has two girlfriends now. Cookie meets up with an old friend to give her ex-husband a musical "blast from the past" he's not too happy about. Jamal hits his limit on his father's dissing of him. Andre and his wife have some kind of ah, interesting arrangement. Lucious is having more ALS symptoms. Also, this show is so Dynasty. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jan 22, 2015 - 1 comment

Empire: The Outspoken King  Season 1, Ep 2

Lucious is opening a new club so he can showcase Hakeem, but who's going to perform with him, and who's going to actually manage to mess up that opening? In other news, both one of Lucious's rappers and one of his sons manage to shoot their mouths off in public. Speaking of shooting.... [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jan 14, 2015 - 5 comments

Strange Empire: Calling All Canadians

Any interest in Strange Empire from the CBC? [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Oct 8, 2014 - 8 comments

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