The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Culture in 20th century Britain

A triumph of style over substance? The slideshow for today’s revision lecture on culture in modern Britain. Spot the interwar historian…

April 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chasing Bear

I liked this: found at a New Jersey Transit station last week

April 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Death by several thousand cuts

Sorry this isn’t an acute and insightful dissection of the evils of our current Government. It’s far more self-indulgent than that: I hate cutting out any of those precious words it took me so much time and anguish to write. Writing is something t…

April 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Back to earth with a bang

Rutgers = intense, exciting, energizing, challenging opportunity to talk about the state of the history of sexuality and modern British history with very smart people. Return to work = this: Dear Matthew Houlbrook, According to our records the fol…

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

The trouble with ‘normal’

In my opinion one can discern to-day the following types of female psychology: there is the ordinary normal woman who, on attaining maturity, mates and bears children. There is the fundamentally normal type, who for some reason fails to mate or to…

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Grindr; or, why historians should never try to predict the future

Cold off the press: the preamble to this Rutgers lecture: I have learned the hard way that historians should never try to predict the future. In an essay I wrote in 2005 for the Modern History of Sexuality I argued that the association of sex and …

April 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

When bikes and history mix

CTC Quarterly (1934) This is what happens when bikes and history / the obsession and the day job mix: putting the book to one side to work on a lecture to give at Rutgers next week. What better way to ‘rethink the interwar’ and illustrate a point …

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment