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Happy Birthday, Alexander Hamilton

This is a post written in 2008, years before “Hamilton” mania overtook the world – and don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad it did. I almost can’t believe it’s happened. Thank you Lin-Manuel Miranda. To all of you newcomers, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India on December 30, 1865. “I worshipped Kipling at 13, loathed him at 17, enjoyed him at 20, despised him at 25, and now again rather admire him.” – George Orwell, 1936 I think … Continue reading

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Review: Patriots Day (2016)

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are on a roll. Earlier this year came Deepwater Horizon (which I really liked), and now comes Patriots Day, about the Boston marathon bombing. Two gigantic movies in one year. (They also did Lone Survivor … Continue reading

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On This Day: December 16, 1773: “This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid, and inflexible, and it must have important Consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an Epocha in History.” – John Adams

On November 28, 1773, the Dartmouth sailed into Boston’s port. The ship was full of tea. There had already been trouble in Philadelphia when the ship had tried to unload its cargo. A ship had been blown away from the … Continue reading

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On This Day: “December 7, 1941 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.”

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The chilling telegram from the morning of December 7, 1941: Here is a cool fact about my home state, little Rhode Island: There are only a handful of … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 25, 1415: “We Few, We Happy Few.”

Happy 601st Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers by trade (and patron saints thereof, although Vatican II nixed them from the calendar), fierce warriors of their faith, martyred in … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781: The Surrender at Yorktown

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. The 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 … Continue reading

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Warmonger O’Malley Cousins: Text Exchange Last Night

Kerry: Can you recommend a book about the siege of Leningrad? Sheila: Shut up!! Last week I Googled “good books about Leningrad.” I am not kidding. Kerry: OMG Sheila: It’s a gap in my Warmonger Knowledge. I’m pretty sure there’s … Continue reading

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Review: Disorder (2016)

Apparently, it’s Matthias Schoenaerts Week on my blog. Alice Winocour directs. Disorder is a thriller but it’s more a psychological study of one PTSD-traumatized man, played by Matthias Schoenaerts. Highly recommended. My review of Disorder is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Interview with Alice Winocour, director of Disorder

Diane Kruger, Matthias Schoenaerts, “Disorder,” opening today My review of Disorder, starring Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent, a PTSD-traumatized soldier home from Afghanistan, and Diane Kruger, wife of a shady businessman Vincent is hired to guard, goes up today on Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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