Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

January 23, 2016

I’m reading this book by James L Swanson (HarperCollins, 2006) that focuses entirely on the search for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. A new edition, maybe just a reissue, came out in 2012 under the title Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.

A couple of impressions: first, I had not realized how deeply the search for the conspirators cut into Americans’ civil liberties. The authorities arrested dozens of people, broke into houses, and did all kinds of things that would not pass muster today. Also, if Booth had not broken his leg I think he would have gotten away.

This is addictive

January 22, 2016

A real-time map of births and deaths in The Atlantic.

The Eagles weep

January 18, 2016

Glenn Frey dead at 67. R.I.P.

Color photos from World War I

January 17, 2016

From the UK Daily Mail.

Mother Teresa’s prayer

January 12, 2016

I can’t guarantee the provenance of this writing, but I got it from National Review Online.

What happened when slaves and free men were shipwrecked together

January 7, 2016

A fascinating story from The Economist.

Gates of Fire

December 26, 2015

I just finished Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield (Doubleday, 1998), a fictional treatment of the battle of Thermopylae. Of course it’s fiction, but I think Pressfield understands the military virtues held by the Spartans. It’s a good read.

Are you rich, poor, or in between?

December 20, 2015

Find out on the Pew Global Income Calculator.

OK, I admit it

November 12, 2015

We need the Oxford Comma.

Oxford Comma

The lesser Vonnegut

November 6, 2015

While Mortals Sleep contains some previously unpublished (or maybe just uncollected) short fiction of the great Kurt Vonnegut. Even his lesser works stand the test of time; he understood the human condition and knew how to tell a story.


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