Finding the New in the Old on the Intellectual Life Beat

From an Inside the Times column by Jennifer Schuessler headlined “History at the Heart of a Beat”:

On a gorgeous afternoon this month, I was walking through Greenwich Village in Manhattan, enjoying a day off. My phone vibrated with a text from a friend, alerting me that Medieval Twitter (yes, it’s a thing) was abuzz with breaking news about … Geoffrey Chaucer. The author of “The Canterbury Tales.” Who has been dead for more than 600 years.