I recently completed my fifth trip through Joseph Ellis’s indispensable Founding Brothers. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2001, the book provides one of the best all-around glimpses of the […]
Nota Bene #114: Big Star
“The radio makes hideous sounds.” Who said it?
The best class I have ever taken: HIST143, the History of Fascism and Nazism
In the spring of 1994, I was a junior studying electrical engineering at Penn State. I had two general education credits left if I was going to graduate in four years, but […]
Nota Bene #110: WEHT SWK?
“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” Who said it?
Nota Bene #108: Mm-mm, Time for Pi
“If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” Who said it?
Nota Bene #105: The Illustrated Dick
“When all you are becomes defined as the amount of information traceable to you, what are we then? What have we become, in a world where there is no separation, no door, […]
Nota Bene #101: Your Pal, Mike S.
“The guys who are shooting films now are technically brilliant, but there’s no content in their films. I marvel at what I see and wish I could have done a shot like […]
9/11 happened on Obama's watch! GOP noise machine already hard at work on the history books of the future
Something wicked this way comes. Item: Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” Item: GOP apologist Mary […]
Why isn't Rush happy?: Limbaugh inadvertently illustrates democracy in action
America’s democratic ideal doesn’t work perfectly. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all, and in these cases it feeds our cynicism to the point where we’re tempted to conclude that the very possibility […]
by Terry Hargrove I love history, and I want my son to love it too. But I’m not a historian, so the parts of history I love talking about the most are […]