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Eleanor Konik

What do you see in the crystal ball?
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Prophecy & Language: When Foretellings Come True

The search for a word that means “this fulfills the prophecy” or “a prophecy has been fulfilled.” With the help of several experts and crowdsourced input from Mastodon, I investigate related Greek, Arabic Hebrew, and English terms and their implications for each culture.

The Carthage of the Punic Wars was founded by the Phoenicians of Tyre.
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Maritime Empires: the Phoenician Gap

We in the West seem to spend a lot of time tracing our cultures back to the maritime empires — thalassocracies — like the Greeks and the Vikings, but we spend very little time talking about the civilization that inspired Greece to consolidate its military power.

Midtown Manhattan at night is beautiful, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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Baltimore vs NYC: Immigration & Trade

I used to hate cities. Then I learned how much immigration & trade defined the urban experience. That Baltimore Upbringing, Yo. I grew up in Baltimore, and if you’ve paid...

Earth 2 had a great premise, but I thought the cast was lackluster.
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Earth 2: Big Ideas & Bad Characters

As part of my research on colonization stories, a friend recommended Earth 2 to me, claiming it was a better Terra Nova — though I think that was mostly nostalgia...