The Rodiad pt. 1: A Classic Poem on the Joys of Being Whipped

A short entry today on a poem I ran across randomly while scouring through all the unusual and free stuff at Archive.org. This slightly pornographic poem has been flying around the underbelly of Victorian, then Edwardian, now just British literary circles since at least 1872, when it first published in The Library Illustrative of Social … More The Rodiad pt. 1: A Classic Poem on the Joys of Being Whipped

A Discussion on Abortion from the 2nd Century

In my research for my next short story, I ran across these little gems from Soranos of Ephesus. He was a 2nd Century Greek physician who practiced in Rome around the year 100 CE. Several of his writings still survive, most notably his four-volume treatise on gynaecology, and ‘woman’s illnesses’. As we can see from … More A Discussion on Abortion from the 2nd Century

A Female Slave Fights Off Her Master- A True Slave Narrative

The Federal Writers Project was a make-work initiative by the Federal Government under Roosevelt during the Great Depression. It’s purpose was to give employment to out-of-work writers. Among its various projects, one of the most notable was its Slave Narrative Collection which interviewed surviving former slaves. It resulted in over 2,000 interviews and close to … More A Female Slave Fights Off Her Master- A True Slave Narrative