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butch cassidy goes to piedmont

A rarity. At least at the time, one of the first media celebrities, a kind of royalty of image and talent. They all get discarded eventually as each new generation creates their gods. But Garibaldi is enduring; his manner of … Continue reading

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UNWRITTEN CONFESSIONS: THEATRE and PLAY of EXPECTATIONS

Rococo was the elegant and cynical expression of the ideas of the eighteenth-century.In the twentieth century, art historians use Rococo to designate the art of the eighteenth century, mainly in France, and characterized what could be termed  ”fun of out-of-place … Continue reading

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SAINT SIMON SAYS: FIND THE FEMALE MESSIAH

In the nineteenth century, when the Saint-Simonians took to mysticism under the leadership of Bathelemy Prosper Enfantin, they began to talk up “the rehabilitation of the flesh” , a principle which inderlay the growing advocacy of free-love in the movement. … Continue reading

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ROYAL FLUSH & BLUSH WITH THE SUN KING: idiot bastard sons?

It was the world of Saint-Simon. In his insultingly tiny Versailles room a noble diarist recorded life in the court of the Sun King. Prudery, malice, and consideration of status filled his pages and produced a masterpiece that recorded the … Continue reading

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RITUAL & POMP WITH THE SUN KING:WHO WILL REMOVE THE ROYAL DUNG?

We know a vast amount of what went on in Versailles at the court of the Louis XIV, especially between the years 1691 and 1723, when the French monarchy, having reached the apogee of its power, was descending and slowly … Continue reading

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SCROOGE AND A MAYAN CHRISTMAS

When the Spanish conquered Guatemala in the 1500′s they overcame a series of independent highland tribes known as the Mayans. The conquered Mayans were allowed to speak their language, but their religion was banned and,in the  inquisition style of Spain, … Continue reading

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