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December 6, 2007

to Oxfordshire

Tonight I'm flying to Heathrow and then traveling to a conference on "How Young People Form Political Views." I'm looking forward to learning from international colleagues. I'm then staying in Oxfordshire for about 48 hours after the conference ends. My purpose is "research," but not on youth or civic engagement. In the mid-nineties, I published a novel, Something to Hide. A few years later, I started to develop the outline of another book of fiction--much more intricate and complex--which I have recently started to write. It's set in Oxfordshire during the renaissance. I am familiar with that territory from my childhood and then graduate school. Nowadays, there are amazing webcams, Google Earth, and other online tools that let you see parts of the City of Oxford from your desk in Washington. Nevertheless, I have a list of places I want to see for myself. On Sunday and Monday, I will be doing things like trying to determine whether one could see the Oxford Castle from a scaffold erected at St. Giles around 1590.

I'm not sure I will be able to post again until Tuesday or Wednesday.

December 6, 2007 10:28 AM | category: none


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