Working Paper – “Magical History, A Lion’s Tail, and A Lock of Hair”

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a truly magical gathering at the Smart Museum of the University of Chicago: a colloquium devoted to the theme of “Repurposing Magic.” It was an incredibly inspiring day, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn in such wonderful company.

Here’s a prosed-out version of the 20-minute talk I gave at the colloquium, offered up as a working paper. [For background on the working papers posted to this site, see here.] This has some sort of future, and is the beginning of something-not-yet-clear. Since I’m not sure what shape my continuing relationship with Berenice and her hair will take, in the meantime I’m posting these early thoughts on “magical history” and constellations. Thanks for reading! I’ll update when Berenice and my relationship develops further.


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