Category Archives: Anise K. Strong

You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something*

The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. Take a look at the photo above, it shows just a small selection of wonderful books we have talked about at Life Elsewhere. If you overlooked any of them. we encourage you to pop into your local independent bookstore and search them out. While you are there, help us a little and mention you heard about the book on Life Elsewhere.
*Confucius wrote our headline.

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Virtue & Vice In Ancient Rome

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“Two thousand years ago, an aristocratic Roman matron named Vistalia faced a trial for adultery. Vistalia was notorious for conducting multiple extramarital affairs, but her husband, Titidius Labeo, refused to divorce her. Eventually, the Emperor Tiberius himself accused her of adultery, a crime punishable by exile to a remote island. Vistalia responded to this charge by publicly registering herself as a common prostate, since prostitutes were legally incapable of committing adultery.” So begins the introduction to Prostitutes And Matrons In The Roman World a new book by Anise K. Strong. Although this well-researched book with scores of footnotes and references could be classified as academic, don’t let that dissuade you from enjoying Ms. Strong’s terrific writing and her slightly droll observations. Anise K. Strong is an Assistant Professor of History at Western Michigan University, her substantial account of elite Roman concubines and courtesans explores the blurred line between proper matron and wicked prostitute, she illuminates the lives of sexually promiscuous women as well as prostitutes with hearts of gold. Ms. Strong, an avid feminist offers insights into the functions of erotic imagery and the roles of prostitutes in everyday Roman life. Don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere and learn about virtue and vice in ancient Rome.

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The Latest Podcast Featuring Homoeroticism, Goth Music & Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, Available Now!

Effervescent author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz talks about an era where all medical operations, no matter how brutal or invasive, were performed on patients who were wide awake and screaming. She interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room”  in her new book, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern MedicineYou’ll hear all about the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities.

No matter how many States ponderously legalize same-sex marriage or celebrated news anchors and sports stars come out, the depiction of two men embracing will cause immediate gasps of surprise. Should we presume then, that heterosexual male fantasies continues to dominate and guide mass media output? Images of woman on woman action are showing all over the media recently, yet male homoerotica is conspicuous by its absence. Three experts join Norman B to discuss “Who’s Afraid Of Homoeroticism?” Jesse Bering, associate professor and author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of UsRachel Hills, author of the forthcoming, “The Sex Myth” and Anise K. Strong, assistant professor of history who has published articles on Spartacus, HBO’s “Rome” and an upcoming article on the representation of rape in modern historical television dramas.

A listener who proudly announces she is a “Genuine Goth!” selects the quintessential Goth band, Bauhaus and their cut, Boys for this week’s Hit That Never Was.

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Who’s Afraid Of Homoeroticism? Scary Surgery & The Eccentric Innovator. A Genuine Goth.

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Female homoeroticism has been showing up all over the place in the media again. Could the latest trend have been initiated by the controversial 2013 movie Blue Is the Warmest Color? Are these images of woman on woman action intended to titillate or illustrate a commonplace experience? If either answer is correct, then the next question has to be, “Why are male on male images still verboten?” No matter how many States ponderously legalize same-sex marriage or news anchors and sports stars come out, the depiction of two men embracing will cause immediate gasps of surprise. Should we presume then, that heterosexual male fantasies continues to dominate and guide mass media output? Three experts will join Norman B to discuss who’s afraid of homoeroticism. Jesse Bering, associate professor and author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of UsRachel Hills, author of the forthcoming, “The Sex Myth” and Anise K. Strong, assistant professor of history who has published articles on Spartacus, HBO’s “Rome” and an upcoming article on the representation of rape in modern historical television dramas.

Engaging and passionate author, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will explain her mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities in Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. You’ll hear about an era where all operations, no matter how brutal or invasive, were performed on patients who were wide awake and screaming. Aptowicz interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room.”

Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was selected by a listener who proudly announces she is a “Genuine Goth!” and goes on at length telling us about her work on top secret projects. Finally she gets to her choice for Hit That Never Was, it’s the quintessential Goth band, Bauhaus.

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