Time and Mind launches — first issue free

I liked 3rd Stone, which was a magazine about all things mega­lithic in a middle ground between aca­dem­ics and the fringe. Unfortunately it had to close. The people behind it are back with the help of Berg and a new journal Time and Mind. I was going to say it’s a lot more expens­ive, but I’m not sure it is — £45 for six issues over two years in print, or £25 for a year. If you want the online ver­sion then you should be pre­pared to sac­ri­fice an internal organ (it’s £125 for a year) but the print fees seem more reas­on­able than a few other journ­als I could think of.

I haven’t had time to read it, so I can’t tell you if the magic has been lost or not. I am look­ing for­ward to read­ing Jeremy Harte’s The Devil on Dartmoor, which argues that the myths of the moors are the products of the Victorian tour­ist industry.

I sus­pect the paper which will grab the atten­tion of most people will be Benny Shanon’s on bib­lical drug use. A quick skim raises some pretty basic ques­tions about how you tackle how his­tor­ical record was cre­ated. If the text was writ­ten some dec­ades, cen­tur­ies or a mil­len­nium after the events described by people who weren’t liv­ing the same alleged eco­sys­tems then how reli­able is the text if you want to make a dia­gnosis? It’s pos­sible he tackles this and I missed it.

Fortunately you can check for your­self. You can read the first issue free.


When he's not tired, fixing his car or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.