“Literature is a kind of intellectual light which, like the light of the sun, enables us to see what we do not like.” - Dr. Johnson

Weekly Reading: Love Telegrams, Field Notes, and Bronze Age Wine

At the end of a long day of work, Machiavelli liked to change into “regal and courtly garments” and spend hours reading his favorite authors. For Machiavelli, this reading was the highlight of his day, and it was not a passive activity but a form of conversation, even communion: “I no longer fear poverty, nor do I tremble at the thought of death,” he wrote to his friend Francesco. “I become completely part of them.”

We at *The Appendix also believe in the power of the written word to bridge gaps, not only between people living today, but between the past and the present. This is the second installment of a new Appendix feature, Weekly Reading, that combines links to contemporary writing we enjoyed from the past week alongside extracts from authors who might be long dead.*

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“I was helping my grandma move and we found this old telegrammed love letter to my great aunt from her secret beau in 1935.” Travis Klunick

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Merchant stalls at the Royal Exchange, 1786. Res Obscura

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