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THE HABSBURGS—MORE THAN THE JAW PART 2

YESTERDAY WE RECOUNTED origins of the Habsburg’s 1000-year dynasty. Today in Part 2, we learn how nearly two centuries of inbreeding led to its royal downfall, not to say a … Continue reading

October 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE HABSBURGS—MORE THAN THE JAW PART 1

I KNEW VERY little about the Habsburg royals, other than Emperor Joseph II being Mozart’s Amadeus patron and Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s 1913 assassination precipitating World War I. Mixed fame, I … Continue reading

October 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

UP, WITH A TWIST, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, PLEASE

I SAVOR A Bombay Sapphire Martini, up, with a twist, on special occasions, the most recent being the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates. Coincidentally, The New Yorker recently posted Roger … Continue reading

October 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

RULERS—BEFUDDLED, MAD, AND DRUG-ADDLED

HISTORY IS RIDDLED with rulers who have different rules from the rest of us. Here are several examples, including one about whom it was said, “Do not turn your back … Continue reading

October 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE MOST RECENT BBC HISTORY

I’VE JUST READ about a real scoundrel, an exceedingly incapable restorer, a thoughtful Nazi, an ex-slave named Washington, and a guy known as the Candy Bomber. All in the same … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

BEATING TRUMP IN DEBATE

NICHOLAS KRISTOF AND Richard A. Friedman offer advice to Joe Biden in advance of tonight’s presidential debate, September 29, 2020. Kristof and Friedman recommend humor, ridicule, and mockery.  Nicholas Kristof, … Continue reading

September 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

HOLY CON! PART 2

THIS ALL STARTED with the claim that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were more than just er… friends. This revelation depended on a Coptic fragment that, maybe, was authentic, as described … Continue reading

September 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

HOLY CON! PART 1

JAMES LASDUN OFFERS a compelling title in “Bats on the Ceiling,” a review in London Review of Books, September 24, 2020, of Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man, and … Continue reading

September 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

SCOTUS TIDBITS

THE SUPREME COURT of the United States is much in the news these days, what with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Republican efforts to rush a replacement … Continue reading

September 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

MUSICAL (AND SOCIETAL) SUCCESS STORIES PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE CELEBRATED musicians as varied as Franz Josef Haydn, Jimi Hendrix, and Grace Slick. Today in Part 2, a remote Scottish town is threatened environmentally. There’s a happy ending, … Continue reading

September 24, 2020 · 1 Comment