Category Archives: history

A Journal of the Plague Year

I just read Daniel Dafoe’s A JOURNAL FROM A YEAR OF PLAGUE. The epidemic ravaged London, but ended for good in 1666 and spring came with flowers. Same as this year. First Paragraph: “It was about the beginning of September, 1664, that I, among the rest of my neighbours, heard in ordinary discourse that the […]

Ides Of March

Julius Caesar returned from Gaul loaded with plunder i.e. gold and slaves. He paid off the debt of every Roman, thereby freeing the hoi polloi from the tyranny of the upper classes. That was why the Senators slayed him on the Senate steps. Collective greed. “Et tu, Brutus.”

Galileo’s Eternal Salute

Galileo Galilei helped restore science to Europe with his telescopic exploration of the solar system and stars. The Holy Mother Church in Rome was confounded by his heliocentric beliefs that the Earth revolved around the Sun, which was contrary to geocentricism. His Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems attacked the ignorance of Pope Urban […]

Times Square Of Yore

Close to 300,000 people pass through Times Square every day. A good percentage are commuters heading to the Port Authority bus terminal and the rest are tourists, who come to gawk at the theaters’ bright lights, shop at the name-brand stores, and dine at the chain restaurants. Times Square wasn’t always that safe for citizens. […]

The That That Was

I left my native Boston for New York at the age of 24. Much of my life has been spent overseas in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. When I returned to the States in 2008, friends asked, “Don’t you miss anything about the United States?” “I miss Warmuth’s Restaurant and Hi-Hat Lounge in Boston, the […]