Back in the Day
Everything New Is Old
The best kind of history is the kind that stitches together 200 essays.
I do know our local Mr. Fussy, Alex Beam, was not overly impressed: "With this many monkeys hammering away at this many typewriters, there is bound to be some good material." Evidencing, shall we say, a certain low level of generosity of spirit.
Though I am not convinced a pastiche of 200 essays qualifies as a history (though part of me wants to argue this is the best kind of history), a compendium on any subject that contains the likes of Sarah Vowell, Michael Ventura, Sean Wilentz, David Treuer, Walter Mosley, David Thomson, Camille Paglia, Helen Vendler, Jonathan Lethem, and many other thinkers is a great value.
Monkeys they are not!