Posted by Fred R. Shapiro, editor of The Yale Book of Quotations: Among the more than 12,000 quotations in The Yale Book of Quotations, many have stories to tell transcending the quotation itself. The famous epithet for the discipline of economics, “the dismal science,” is said by some standard reference
Just like the strains of “Jingle Bells” floating through the grocery stores, the annual Best Of lists have (already) begun to appear. Amazon.com is early out of the gate this year, releasing both their Editors’ Picks and their Customers’ Favorites this week. Among the Editors’ Picks for the Top 50
How did the rulers of the Soviet Union pass the time during long Politburo meetings in the Kremlin? They doodled. Sketching on notebook pages, official letterheads, and the margins of draft documents, prominent Soviet leaders in the 1920s and 1930s amused themselves and their colleagues with drawings of one another.
Saturday, October 14, marks the centennial of the birth of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), the German-born political philosopher whose analysis of the nature of power, totalitarianism, and the “banality of evil” still resonates powerfully in our own time. “So it is no accident,” says Edward Rothstein in the New York Times,