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catherine: her and thou

The occasion was Catherine the Great’s triumphal tour of the Crimea, the longest, most lavish, most expensive boating party in world history. The Empress showed off the wonders of her realm, and they were many indeed. But were they real … Continue reading

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a religious revolution?

Or is it a religilous revolution in Egyptian. No not Mohammed Morsi who sacks experienced military leadership thatat least kept the “cold” peace with Israel and replaced them dog loyal, bowl licking lackeys who would just assume tha its only … Continue reading

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holiest of wars and purest of arms

Sometimes you have to question if there is a difference that makes a difference. And also, is it true that a people can make themselves holy through a dedicated study of sacred texts? Or, is this strictly a Platonic idea … Continue reading

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cairo: flights into egypt

Sensationalism.The aesthetic of violence in the Society of the Spectacle. The birth of the agitated space and a relishing of absurd charismatic appeal. Art, like the society around it, became caught between the joy of freedom and the fear of … Continue reading

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Napoleon and the revolt agianst togetherness

October 1810. The book was censored and then it was banned. So many representations and so much insistence overtaxed his patience. In order to give a definite answer to the petitioners, he took the book up again and lost his … Continue reading

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napoleon: romantic muse and not amused

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. So said Dickens. But it was. As Napoleon began his rather blood-soaked, chaotic ¬†and passionate rule of France he met the force of two women , “femmes fatales” … Continue reading

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BURNING LOVE

In antiquity men spoke of her as the tenth muse. Today, Sappho ( 618 BC-565 BC ) remains one of the most famous lyric poets the world has ever known.Sappho was called a lyrist¬† because, as was the custom of … Continue reading

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