Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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"volcanoes, geysers and glaciers"

* The Libertarian Futurist Society, the organization behind The Prometheus Awards, has a new LiveJournal here.

* Later this week I will be heading out to Tucson to serve as the discussion leader at a colloquium on "Liberty and Responsibility in the Literature of Frontiers: Sagas and Westerns." The common texts that we will be discussing include the following:
1. Njal's Saga (13th century)
2. The Saga of the People of Laxardal (13th century)
3. A Texas Cowboy: or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony by Charlie Siringo (1885)
4. The Virginian by Owen Wister (1902)
5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
6. Lone Star (1996)

* Which reminds me, I have some Icelandic links to share:
- Professor Jesse Byock's Viking Site, including information on The Mosfell Archaeological Project
- Icelandic Sagas Page, including links to online texts
- Icelandic Sagas Archive
- Icelandic Lore from the Internet Sacred Text Archive
- "Private Creation and Enforcement of Law: A Historical Case" by David Friedman
- "Privatization, Viking Style: Model or Misfortune?" by Roderick T. Long

And, more generally...

- The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL)
- Luminarium, a general online library filled with online texts divided into Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century categories

Iceland is known to men as a land of volcanoes, geysers and glaciers. But it ought to be no less interesting to the student of history as the birthplace of a brilliant literature in poetry and prose, and as the home of a people who have maintained for many centuries a high level of intellectual cultivation. It is an almost unique instance of a community whose culture and creative power flourished independently of any favouring material conditions. and indeed under conditions in the highest degree unfavourable. Nor ought it to be less interesting to the student of politics and laws as having produced a Constitution unlike any other whereof records remain and a body of law so elaborate and complex, that it is hard to believe that it existed among men whose chief occupation was to kill one another.
-James Bryce, Studies in History and Jurisprudence 263 (1901)
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