First of all, I apologize for the absence of the Friday links over the last fortnight.  Almost everyone in the Macaronis has been busily doing NaNoWriMo, and it’s hard to squeeze anything else in.  However, I’ve now finished my novel, so I hope that it will be business as usual here in future (at least until I get to the OMG, I must finish this right now stage of the next thing.)

As usual with our Friday links, the Macs are not responsible for the content of other sites, nor do we endorse any products or services they provide.  All the links prove is that we thought there was an interesting article here.

From Nan Hawthornea radio playlist of Age of Sail music

I had a lot of fun putting together a playlist of songs about ships, sailing, sailors, pirates, you name it for Radio Dé Danann.. it’s live now at — everything from a punk rock version of The Irish Rover (shipwreck song) to the Royal Navy’s Heart ofOak to one of my all time favorite songs, The Pirate King, from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzanxe.  I almost can’t think of an easier theme to find Celtic and related music for… except of course war in general and rebellion in particular.  Figured since it’s historical, y’all might enjoy it.

Erastes links to:

An 18th Century article  about homosexuality by Jeremy Bentham,

written around 1785(!) but not published until much much later.

interviews at the Band of Thebes

Check out the Band of Thebes – they have links to the queer writers interview in the Paris Review which has just opened up its archive of interviews

E. M. Forster, 1953

Thornton Wilder, 1956

Truman Capote, 1957

Evelyn Waugh, 1963

Jean Cocteau, 1964

Edward Albee, 1966

William S. Burroughs, 1965

Allen Ginsberg, 1966

Gore Vidal, 1974

Christopher Isherwood, 1974 (photo. left)

W. H. Auden, 1974 (photo, right)

John Cheever, 1976

Stephen Spender, 1980

Elizabeth Bishop, 1981 (photo)

Paul Bowles, 1981

Tennessee Williams, 1981

James Merrill, 1982

John Ashbery, 1983

James Baldwin, 1984

Edmund White, 1988

and many more.

Also a discussion of historical lube, for when you really don’t want to go down the vial of oil(TM) route.

Syd McGinley links to a NY Times article about the US civil war.

The New York Times is running a series about the US civil war. Today’s  installment covers British royalty…

“One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.”

and an exhibit in the Smithsonian about gay art history

Interesting article at Salon about gay art history and an exhinit at the Smithsonian.  Much is modern, but there’s a fair chunk of pre-Stonewall in the direct exhibit link.

“There’s been an entire history hiding in plain sight,” said Portrait Gallery historian and curator David C. Ward. “Telling the history of art without the history of gay people is like telling the history of slavery without mentioning black people.”

Alex Beecroft links to a website with more than you ever needed to know about 18th Century clothes

This website primarily collects links to extant garments from the 18th century for women, men, and children, along with references, patterns, and other useful information.

Links to useful resources, including patterns, can be found in the yellow boxes on the right-hand side of the pages.

Other topics include toys & games, interesting primary source documents, and textile-related tools.

Sent in by a reader

We would love to share with you an article that we just posted on our own blog! “10 First Ladies Who Changed the World” ( would be an interesting story for your readers to check out and discuss on your blog, so we hope you will consider sharing it!

Many thanks to Anna for that one.

On that note, I do encourage anyone who wants to to send links of interest to me at  The Macaronis are interested in history, gay history and writing, so if you have written an article about any of those subjects, and you like the idea of our readers seeing it too, send it along 🙂