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Happy Birthday, Wilfred Owen

“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.” Wilfred Owen (now known as one of the best “war poets” of World War I) was born on this day in 1893. He was killed … Continue reading

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“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.”

In the current climate in the United States, which … you honestly have to be here to get the full effect of … the time is ripe for a wandering doom-predicting soothsayer, and whispering cabals of frightened men, and rumors … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman A re-read. It’s so definitive that any book covering the same period (and there are libraries full of them) must reference it. One of her real gifts as a writer is giving … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s epitaph to his dog: One who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices. This praise would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Rudyard Kipling

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

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

For yesterday: Happy 600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt Yesterday was 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, … Continue reading

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On This Day: September 1, 1939

From Newsweek: Scenes from the invasion of Poland From MSN: Friends, foes, mark WWII’s start in Poland Hitler’s speech on Sept. 1, 1939, from Berlin: To the defense forces: The Polish nation refused my efforts for a peaceful regulation of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest, one of the most important and influential historians of the 20th century (who started out as a poet, the guys he palled around with were Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin) has died at the age of 98. His … Continue reading

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On This Day: June 6, 1944: “I really think I’m too young for this.”

Sgt. Lee Pozek: “We yelled to the crew to take us in, we would rather fight than drown. As the ramp dropped we were hit by machine-gun and rifle fire. I yelled to get ready to swim and fight. We … Continue reading

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Grounded, by George Brant, at The Public

Grounded, by playwright George Brant, tells the story of a cocky Air Force pilot, grounded initially because she got pregnant, and then transferred to what she calls “the chairforce,” pilots who sit in trailers on bases thousands of miles away … Continue reading

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