Christopher Heaney is the Editor-in-Chief of The Appendix, sweating the individual articles and contributors that make up each issue. Before helping co-found the journal, he wrote a book about the scientific discovery of Machu Picchu, and the subsequent fight over its artifacts and graves. You can learn a little more about it here. As a journalist, he has written about Einstein's brain and Peruvian writers in Mexican wrestling masks. StoryCorps was the hardest job he had to leave.
Chris is getting his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is writing his dissertation on the circulation and study of pre-Columbian skulls and mummies from Peru during the long nineteenth century. He makes it back to 1528 when he's explaining it, though.
He lives in Austin, Texas.
Chapter Three of Appendix co-founder Christopher Heaney’s serialized narrative history, Death of a Sailor. 1835. A convicted murderer and a journalist sit together in a locked prison cell in New York. The murderer's identity was false. The journalist had hoaxed the world. Can we trust the story they began to unfold?
Published December 5, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 4
In 1965 civil rights activist John Lewis helped lead the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lewis and his fellow activists were beaten, but President Johnson sent the Voting Rights Act to Congress shortly after. Nearly forty years later, Lewis—now a US Congressman—has co-written a graphic novel about his lifetime of fighting for equality. His collaborators talk to The Appendix about that process.
Published October 15, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 4
In the desert of West Texas, The Long Now Foundation is building a monument that will speak 10,000 years in the future: a massive, chiming, wind-up clock designed to make humans think in long timescales. In this month’s interview, the clock’s exectuive director Alexander Rose explains how it will also change the present.
Published August 12, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 3
A well-meaning troupe of black and white American actors try to make a play about Germany’s genocide of the Herero in late-nineteenth-century Southwest Africa. They fail, horrifically, because of their own racial history. Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury explains why, in this provocative interview from the second issue of The Appendix, ‘Illusions.’
Published June 12, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 2
Chapter Two of Appendix co-founder Christopher Heaney’s serialized narrative history, Death of a Sailor. An 1830s prostitute is murdered. A 161-year-old slave is dissected after death. And a radical journalist responsible for the greatest hoax in journalism’s history—man-bats on the moon—discovers a murdering sailor who may be more than he seems.
Published April 29, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 2
Days of Future Present: Marvel Comics and “the Most Intricate Fictional Narrative in the History of the World”
Why and how would we write the history of superheroes? Appendix editor Christopher Heaney reviews Sean Howe's compelling Marvel Comics, a chronicle of the rise and perhaps fall of one of the world's most complicated fictional narratives.
Published February 27, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 1
Writer Adam Hochschild talks with The Appendix about why we read history, the politics of why he writes it, and how he reconstructs the past in award-winning books like King Leopold's Ghost, Bury the Chains, and To End All Wars.
Published February 6, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 1
Death of a Sailor: A Novel History of Murder in 1830s New York, War and Forbidden Love in the Age of Napoleon, and Captivity and Freedom in the Last Days of the Atlantic Slave Trade; in many, many Parts.
Appendix editor Christopher Heaney begins his multi-part novel history of a sailor's murder in 1830s New York, a murder that revealed a life of captivity, war, love, and slavery in the early nineteenth century Atlantic World.
Published January 16, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 1
Cartoonist Kevin Cannon explains the inspiration for his recent map for The Appendix on the First Thule Expedition. Also, why there are no 'Jack Sparrows' in arctic exploration.
Published November 11, 2013
Leon Theremin invented one of the world's earliest electronic instruments—and then spent eight years imprisoned in a secret Soviet laboratory, developing eavesdropping devices for the Russians.
Published September 16, 2013
A teaser of Zoila Mendoza's article on Yma Sumac, the five-octave "Inca" exotica singer from Peru.
Published August 28, 2013
Every year, white and black citizens in Monroe, GA conduct what might be America's only historical reenactment of a lynching. Colonial Williamsburg this is not.
Published August 7, 2013
Appendix editor Christopher Heaney continues his series on experimental narratives and history, meditating on William Cronon, storytelling, and James Joyce.
Published January 24, 2013
An Appendix reader deciphers a pair of names from our first issue's Open Source and helps unravel the prophecy of Benjamin the Anti-Christ.
Published January 14, 2013
The Appendix's first call for Letters to the Editors.
Published December 7, 2012
A 11th century Muslim joke book, and the risk of starting new things.
Published November 29, 2012
We introduce The Appendix's comic section and share a panel from our first issue, drawn by Andrew Cohen.
Published November 26, 2012
Part Two of a two-part post on how personal, narrative writing can yield insights for history as experimental, and perhaps more meaningful, as the tools of 'digital humanities.'
Published November 21, 2012
Part One of a two-part post on how personal, narrative writing can yield insights for history as experimental, and perhaps more meaningful, as the tools of 'digital humanities.'
Published November 19, 2012