There’s a new Sidetrails Podcast up on the Patreon page — in which I ponder why the lore of created worlds like Middle Earth or Westeros is so compelling to so many, while actual history doesn’t seem to have nearly the same kind of popular culture throw-weight.
You have to be a patron to access it.
Support through Patreon helps pay the bills (site hosting, research materials and the like). The page also hosts some patron-only content, like the Sidetrails podcasts. Patrons also get a shot at some plunder (usually favorite research books). When I wrap the Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles podcast series, I’ll give away a copy of John Mack Faragher’s Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles. As you’ve probably figured out, there’s nothing I like better than sharing a good book.
For the record, Lady Marilyn and I have given the
East India Co. Amazon Prime Rings of Power a hard pass. Friends who are not caught up in any culture war angle on this tell me it is astoundingly mediocre. We are, on the other hand, quite enjoying House of the Dragon.