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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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At the Public Theater: Grounded, by George Brant

An old old friend of mine, George Brant, has written a play that just opened at The Public, and it’s directed by Julie Taymor and starring Anne Hathaway. It is called Grounded, and it’s already had successful runs all over … Continue reading

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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.”

Here’s the moment in Shakespeare’s play where Caesar gets the warning from the soothsayer. And ignores it. Because wouldn’t we all ignore a warning from a random-crazy-person in the street? Especially if we live in an urban environment and have … Continue reading

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The Books: Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001: ‘Belfast,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. My father … Continue reading

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Against the Sun (2015)

I reviewed Against the Sun for Rogerebert.com. I have a fascination with survivalist stories, human beings making it out of horrendous encounters with Mother Nature, or whatever. Against the Sun is the true story of three downed airmen in WWII … Continue reading

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