Current History

That was the name of a class I took in 10th grade and it was my favorite. We read The Detroit Free Press, the morning paper then, and discussed the important current topics of the day. At least I think that’s how it went. Getting to read the sports section during school was all I cared about.

I think one of the best ways to learn about current history is to read the New York Times’ Obituaries section. Since I began regularly checking it, I’ve learned about some of the most interesting and consequential people and the lives they lived.

I’m particularly drawn to the people I’d never heard of or had sorta heard of. A couple of years ago (I think), the Times started a subsection of Obituaries titled Overlooked, that they described as “a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times.”

Highly recommended.