Hopefully I won’t get into trouble for saying this (cross fingers), but I am amused that blogging Carnivals are unlike Carnivals themselves. The Early Modern Carnival, for instance (which Claire did a great job bringing together–go read here and here) , is a serious affair that brings together scholarly posts on a variety of subjects. Johno at Ministry of Minor Perfidy points out the Carnival of Recipes, a wealth of culinary delights. I would say that they are essential reading. However, they lack organisierte Narren, the sense of breaking away from the normal activities of blogging (or academia or anything else) to bring some satirical self-criticism and raucous revelry. Certainly we historians are ripe for parody.

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