7 Ways to Tell You’re a Cultural Historian

1. You use “complicate” as a verb.
2. Post-structuralism keeps you awake at night. You hate Foucault.
3. Secretly, you like Foucault.
4. You don’t just read books, you also “read” pictures, rituals, and even hairstyles. In the shower, you read shampoo bottles.
5. You have to ration your use of the words “inchoate”, “ambivalent” and “competing”.
6. You watch plays, concerts, and even TV “for research purposes”. With popcorn.
7. You spend your time reconstructing the vitality, beauty, and excitement of the past in a silent, cold room that smells of mould.

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