We don’t often hear about great Italians nowadays, but here’s one we can all thank.

If it wasn’t for Fermi having a Jewish wife, he probably would have remained in Italy and Hitler would have been 1st to get the A-Bomb. Imagine the consequences. So we also have to thank his Jewish wife. (got to admit I’m biased because my Dad was Italian and my Mom, Jewish.) It’s the birthday…



A Long LSD Trip

I have pity and don’t want you to think I did what I did because you’re not as pretty as you pretended to be. Even though love didn’t flow, you screwed me and my brother too. We know as different as we are, deep within we’re the same, but have different names. Artists like you…



Van Gogh

http://kottke.org/16/09/vincent-van-gogh-visits-a-gallery-of-his-paintings-in-the-present-day  



Dictionary Words

Never satisfied with what ideas come from my esoteric head, editors and publishers can’t see beauty and snub creations enclosed when I disclose how I create coarse words and phrases that to them is sedate. I’ve had no guidance on which expressions are acceptable to educated people like them who unexpectedly rejected not only me…



Lead Belly

My God, my God, don’t lie to me or I’ll die. Where were you last night when it wasn’t right that I had nowhere to sleep? I prayed to you and was afraid the whole night through, and became blue when I found that you lied to me when you sang the Rock Island Line…



If you want to know where the witches got their powers, Read, The Mountain Will Cover You.

The Mountain Will Cover you On this day in 1692, eight citizens of the colony of Massachusetts were hanged for their supposed connections to witchcraft. Theirs were the last of the deaths caused by the Salem Witch Trials, preceded by 11 other hangings, plus five who died in prison, and one who was crushed to…



“Historically important, insightful, and hugely entertaining”

“Bold and frank, Crime A Day tells Joe DiBuduo’s story of growing up poor and hungry, of the redemptive power of love, and one man’s ability to change his life of circumstance to a life of choice. A fascinating glimpse into the seedy underbelly of mid-20th Century America.” — Michaela Carter, author of Further Out…



If you think your life is hard, read this and you’ll see your life is probably much better than you think.

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents…



Maybe the politicians who favor carpet bombing should read this?

Dr. Wittner is Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany. His latest book is Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford University Press). A good case can be made that the U.S. government, the first to develop nuclear weapons, would be much better off today…



Listen to George. W.

On this day in 1796, President George Washington’s farewell address was printed in the Daily American Advertiser as an open letter to American citizens. The most famous of all his “speeches,” it was never actually spoken; a week after its publication in this Philadelphia newspaper, it was reprinted in papers all over the country. The…