And I mean just this evening: de Barri, The Bucks and Bawds of Bonny Doon ahem London Town. Much information here comes from eight years' trawling through his Barrymore ancestors' papers. So, history, yes. Not sure if Regency England was quite as egalitarian as he wants it to be, an enlightened interlude between the savagery of the 17th and early 18th centuries and the hypocrisy and cruelty of the Victorian age. (Burckhardt too wants to believe that Renaissance men saw women as equals. If Regency was an enlightened paradise, why are all those clubs he talks about limited to men alone?)
On the go?
(groans) Everything else. Burckhardt, Ondaatje, Jemisin, Carmack... No end to the buying of books, and much reading is a weariness of the flesh.
The Blue 'n' White's bargain bins tempted me, and I did buy: a couple of Barbara Vines and a Banana Yoshimoto. Hot weather reading. Wanted to buy the Complete Verse of Kipling, but didn't. It's all online anyway.
Have also from the library an American Tokyo-visitor's book of short stories set in Tokyo. If it's about gaijin, fine, but I'm not sure I want to read a hakujin's take on the Japanese.
However. Long weekend coming up. Something might get finished