About Jonathan Crowe
I’m probably best known as the author of The Map Room, a popular blog about maps, and DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics. Other recent online projects include Gartersnake.info, a website for garter snake keepers, and Snakes on Film.
I’ve been interviewed or featured by Agence France-Presse, the BBC World Service, the Boston Globe, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, Folha de São Paolo, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, Reuters, RTÉ, Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and the West Quebec Post, among others.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, I studied European history at the universities of Winnipeg, Waterloo and Alberta, which circuitously led to stints as a reporter for a small-town weekly newspaper, a writer of briefing notes, and an editor of government regulations and ministerial correspondence. (Curriculum vitæ.)
At the moment I live in Shawville, Quebec, with my partner, Jennifer Seely, and our many interesting animals. When not blogging, writing or correcting other people’s grammar, I raise snakes, play the piano, and look through my telescopes.
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“My Correct Views on Everything”
“My Correct Views on Everything” was the title of an essay by Polish philosopher Leszek Kołakowski published in the Socialist Register in 1974 in response to an open letter by E. P. Thompson. In 1991, Peter Novick stole it for the title of his response to a forum in the American Historical Review about his book, That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession. It has been stolen again here.
This “McWetboy” Business
“Angus McWetboy” first appeared during my stint at the University of Waterloo, where I published a surreal e-mail newsletter for the history graduate student association in which “Angus” was a recurring character. The name meant nothing in particular (other than a vague notion that anything Scottish was inherently funny), just a few syllables that sounded funny to me at the time. “Angus” was a madman who obsessed about imported cheese products from faraway places, and the insect pests that infiltrated his stocks (cheese weevils, Tajikistan — made no sense). Most of my fellow students didn’t get the joke, and begged me to tone down the lunatic tone of the newsletter before it got them into trouble with their professors.
Later on, it seemed unique and meaningless enough to use as a user name and as a domain name for my home page, which lived at mcwetboy.com from 2001 to 2011. (Some older pages still reside there.)
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