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A GUIDE TO THE UNITED STATES

“THE VAST EXTENT and rapidly changing conditions of the United States make the production of a satisfactory guidebook a peculiarly difficult task.” You’re telling me. I hasten to mention that … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

WILL THE REAL PIETER BRUEGEL PLEASE STAND OUT

THE MODERN WONDERS of infrared macrophotography, infrared reflectography, and X-radiography have offered new insights into the works of 16th-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. “Peeling Back the Paint to … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

DR. JOHN H. WATSON—FASHIONISTO

SHERLOCKIAN CHRISTOPHER MORLEY wrote that “Watson was a couturier at heart.” Today, maybe we’d say fashionisto, masculinizing the term “fashionista,” defined in Merriam-Webster as “a designer, promotor, or follower of … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

RESTORATION COMEDY—A PENDULUM SWING OF CROMWELL’S PROTECTORATE

HISTORY HAS a way of oscillating between extremes. One example is the English Restoration as a response to the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell following the 1649 regicide of Britain’s King … Continue reading

December 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCHADENFREUDE—ETYMOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL VIEWS

“DEAR DR. WORDSMITH, current political goings-on have me experiencing Schadenfreude. Is this okay?” It depends, of course, on how concerned you are about the state of these United States. If, … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

OLIVER CROMWELL—PURITAN, LORD PROTECTOR, AND A REAL PIECE OF WORK PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, we saw Oliver Cromwell involved with regicide, the British Rump Parliament, killing women and children in Ireland, and other Puritan sanctimony. Today’s Part 2 has a … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

OLIVER CROMWELL—PURITAN, LORD PROTECTOR, AND A REAL PIECE OF WORK PART 1

IT’S NOT OFTEN that I take a dislike to an historical figure. Hitler, yes. Mussolini, yes. But then I was born during the war years. However, having read about Oliver … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment