Prerogative of Harlots is a blog about museums and museum collections, with an occasional seasoning of paleontology and a lot of really ill-informed musings.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I must apologize for the relative scarcity of posts over the past couple of weeks. First, I went on vacation. Then, when I returned, I found a tree had fallen on my house, courtesy of Hurricane Irene. I realize that this sounds like the blogging equivalent of "the dog ate my homework" but it's true, as the accompanying image shows. Anyway, cleaning up has absorbed a lot of my time and I haven't been thinking much about museums while I've been doing it. Which is bad, because I work in a museum. Anyway, normal service is now resumed.
Rudyard Kipling said that power without responsibility is the prerogative of harlots. Some cynics say that it is also the prerogative of museum curators. I am not one of those cynics, as the last 15 years of working either as a museum curator or with museum curators has left me with nothing but respect for... oh, who I am trying to kid? Anyway, after time spent managing natural history collections in Oxford and New York, I now look after the vertebrate paleontology collections for a large university museum. One thing to understand about me is that while I like fossils, I don't actually *love* fossils. This is an important distinction. If you love fossils, you probably need to go get some help. Seriously.