Ellen Hampton

About me

As a professor of history who has begun writing fiction, I plan to explore the historical fiction genre in the near future. It’s where I started out, but then went the PhD route instead, and now I’m coming back to it. The book I tried to write 20 years ago was titled Full Circle. Now I see that as ironic. You have to go the distance to see where you’ve been, right?

From my website

Jim Crow Jerusalem

The Jordan River, the mother of all metaphors, is nearly gone. I was excited about crossing it last week from Jordan into Israel, a journey of mythological standing and cultural legacy, but we crossed nothing more than a rocky, trash-strewn bed, dry as a bone. Does truth lie there, representing…

The demise of the phone booth: no more privacy in public

France has declared an end to the public phone booth. In the next two years, the glass cabin on the street will be no more. With it goes the last little bit of private space in public, an end to a moment’s refuge from the street or, for the homeless,…

The song cannot be sung

Freedom of expression lost another round in France last week with the new law aimed at “modernizing” the health system. It covered many aspects, and began on the note that France has an excellent health care system that is the envy of other nations. The part that concerns me here…

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