Interesting History

  • Interesting History,  Musings

    History Has Its Eyes on You: Glossed-Over Historical Events in HAMILTON

    If you’re as obsessed with Hamilton as I was when it first came out, you might’ve watched interviews with the cast, picked up that famous biography by Ron Chernow, or geeked out when Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on Drunk History. (Note to self: I need to write an entire blog post on that show…) You probably also know that Hamilton has inaccuracies, and that some major historical events were left out altogether. Far too many blogs and news outlets have reported on this to list here. You couldn’t have missed them. And I understand the frustration. Though details are left out—intentionally or unintentionally—every time a story is retold, their absence is…

  • About the Author,  Interesting History

    Why I Write Historical Fiction

    You may recognize the painting. It’s Ferdinand Keller’s Scheherazade and Sultan Schariar. You will almost certainly recognize the story—or, rather, stories—behind the subjects of the work. When people ask me why I originally picked this image to wallpaper all over my website, I ask if they’ve seen the 1992 Disney animated classic Aladdin. Most of the time, the answer is yes. Even if it isn’t, I’ll sing the first few lyrics from one of the Genie’s songs and watch their eyes light up with recognition. The second line in “Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin alludes to one of the most well-known frame narratives ever. It revolves around a young…