Category Archives: Founding Fathers

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin: Excerpt from Arguably, ‘Benjamin Franklin: Free and Easy’, by Christopher Hitchens

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens My grandmother had a big illustrated copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac, which I had practically memorized by … Continue reading

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First Listen: Hamilton Cast Recording

NPR has a bunch of tracks up. As the accompanying article/review (which is excellent) says: Hamilton was only a matter of time. If we’re truthful, it’s late. Yup. Favorite songs that have stuck with me: “The Room Where It Happens.” … Continue reading

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Bling, Part II

Earlier this month, I wrote a post in defense of and contextualizing “bling.” Some guy had said he had a “visceral” dislike of “bling,” in regards to Straight Outta Compton on a Facebook thread and it bugged me. Bugged me … Continue reading

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“And the World Is Gonna Know Your Name. What’s Your Name, Man? Alexander Hamilton.”

This is Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House Spoken Word Jam in 2009. He was hard at work on his “concept hip-hop album” about a man he says “embodies hip-hop” … Alexander Hamilton. He performs the first … Continue reading

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Today’s the Day

I’ll be there. I’m curling my hair. In honor of my dead boyfriend. And the cast/crew/writers/composers of this production, not to mention Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, without whom none of this would have happened.

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Hamilton Is Everywhere

Seen in the Columbus Circle subway station last night: Heart-stopping. I can’t believe I got a clear view of the whole thing, that subway station is always so insane. Here’s one of the many many MANY posts I have written … Continue reading

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Hamilton, An American Musical: Anticipation Building

I am seeing it on September 13 and I cannot wait. I fear I will faint. I’ve been watching the progression of this extraordinary show over the last year, and hearing the buzz of it shivering through the air. The … Continue reading

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On This Day: 1826

It was July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of July 4, 1776. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, old men by that point, had been invited to attend celebrations in honor of the day, but due to illness both had … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Library of Congress

As the daughter of a librarian, I had to write a post in tribute. This post is for him. On this day, in 1800, President John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,900 to purchase the books that would create the … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. Day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York and … Continue reading

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