About Drinks With Dead People:
This site is one long answer to that old party question: if you could have a drink with anyone in history, who would it be?
Think history is all about dates? Stuffy? Irrelevant? WRONG. We’re talking about discoveries, fights, booze, severed heads, cults of personality, art, sex, death, toilet humor, religion, politics and sports. And best of all: it’s all true.
History is full of people you’d love to have a drink with. Let me introduce you to a few.
Meet Your Historian and Barkeep:
Hi, I’m Betsy.
I studied history at Yale University, where I got my degree with distinction and was nominated for best senior history thesis. I did not win, but they had a nice cheese tray. Next stop: law school, and while other people were studying the rules of civil procedure, I wrote papers about 16th century legal theory. (This perhaps should have been a red flag.)
As an attorney and historian I’m especially interested in mass media, pop culture and how we humans try to regulate and consume our favorite pastimes. I’ve taught law and history classes at Yale University and the University of Connecticut, done work in the museum field, and in addition to practicing media and technology law have been a juggler, stand-up comedian and artist. My writing has appeared in outlets including the Washington Post, Atlas Obscura, The Atlantic, Smithsonian and Vanity Fair.
I think history rocks, and I want you to think so too.
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