Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
I went to a showing of Monty Python and the…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
I went to a showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail today with Robin at some history students' society showing. I'd forgotten how enjoyable it is! A history professor spoke a bit before and after the film about the medieval mishmash that Monty Python put together. In addition, the prof talked about self-conscious anachronistic wackiness in King Lear, the satire wave of the thirteenth century, and his negative experience regarding Umberto Eco.
The more I hang out among history scholars, the more I wish I'd majored in history. A piece of wisdom I heard but unfortunately disregarded when I was much younger: Major in something that will give you a base of knowledge, e.g., biology, history. As it is, Sumana feels as though there's nothing I can point to and say, "That's what I learned."