Things Noted Here and There
Nicholai Ourousoff,"Where Gods Yearn for Long-Lost Treasures," NYT, 28 October, introduces Athens' New Acropolis Museum and argues that it is time for the Elgin Marbles to come home.
Michael Dirda,"If the World Could Write ...," Washington Post, 28 October, reviews Richard Pevear's and Larissa Volokhonsky's new translation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. I should read it again.
In David Greenberg,"Rudy a Lefty? Yeah, Right," Washington Post, 28 October, the Rutgers historian finds Rudy Giuliani's social liberalism largely a myth. See also: Andrew Sullivan. Meanwhile, Josh Marshall asks, other than Giuliani,"how many elected officials have ever tried to make arrangements to remain in office beyond their legally-sanctioned term of office?" His readers find some parallels in Georgia's"Three Governors Controversy" and the effort of Philadelphia's Frank Rizzo to get the city's ban on three consecutive mayoral terms overturned. But, hey, if you're going with"some similarities", FDR does come to mind.
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Serge Lelouche - 10/29/2007
He's gonna be President, so let's learn to spell it!
- Columbia University Releases Eric Foner’s Civil War MOOCs. It's Free!
- Historian Geoffrey Ward tells CBS: Fox News would have ‘loved’ to show FDR with polio ‘at his most helpless’
- Eric Hobsbawm is remembered as a polyglot of a kind that's vanished
- Once again Ken Burns turns to Geoffrey Ward to write his script, this time about the Roosevelts
- Historian warns that countries go into decline when they become rigid, oppress minorities, and become weak militarily