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Sep.27.2012
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Book review by Frank Sanello Not since a reporter interviewed a certain Louis about his relationship with a vampire by the name of Lestat has the living dead come so alive as in Christopher Antony Meade’s vividly imagined new novella, The Zombie, the Cat and Barack Obama. Kindle USA  $0.99 Kindle UK  £ 0.77 Because a plot turn or twist seems to appear...
Article
Apr.06.2012
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Suetonius The ancient Roman historian Suetonius and the 15th century diarist Johann Burchard recorded the lives of the rulers of their times. Suetonius wrote The Lives of the 12 Caesars, and Burchard’s writing focused on his employer, the Borgia Pope Alexander VI and his family. Suetonius lived shortly after the time of the early imperial rulers of...
Article
Apr.06.2012
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Lucrezia Borgia The second season of The Borgias debuts on Sunday, April 8. The beautiful illegitimate daughter of the 15th century Borgia Pope Alexander VI has earned an undeserved reputation as a nymphomaniac and a poisoner. Vatican gossips claimed that Lucrezia poisoned enemies and lovers while carrying on affairs with both her father and brother and bearing...
Article
Apr.03.2012
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Tomás Garrido Canabal, Mexico's Marxist minister of agriculture and provincial governor Hatred of the Catholic Church and its wealth fueled the French Revolution, which replaced Catholicism with atheism, then replaced atheism with a generic religion known as “The Cult of the Supreme Being,” led by its “high priest,” Robespierre. The bloodlust of the Revolution...
Article
Mar.26.2012
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Oscar Wilde, above, described homosexuality as the “love that dare not speak its name.” The immensely popular playwright went to prison in 1895 for daring to do a lot more than just talk about the H-word. He openly flaunted his sugar-daddy relationship with a handsome aristocrat, Lord Alfred Douglas. The youth’s father, the 9th Marquess of Queensbury,...
Article
Mar.25.2012
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An early Christian anchorite or hermit who lived on top of a pillar instead of in a cave First identified in the 1930s by an Israeli psychiatrist, Jerusalem Syndrome describes a cluster of psychotic symptoms that afflicts some visitors to the Holy Land . The syndrome has various manifestations. Tourists in Jesus’ hometown believe they hear the voice of God....
Short Story
Mar.12.2012
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For the first time, God the Father offers his memoirs in The Autobiography of God by Jehovah Bernstein the Elder. Hello to all my Chosen People! It’s your Creator speaking, God the Father, also called Yahweh, Jehovah, Iesus Christos's Dad and Allah. You’ve heard the story of how I created your planet in only seven days, a bit of an exaggeration by that mythmaker...
Article
Mar.09.2012
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) remains one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, inspiring Jean-Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida, among many others. Heidegger was also a long-time member of the Nazi Party. After World War II, Heidegger equated the murder of six million Jews with the cruelty of factory farming which raises and slaughters...
Article
Mar.03.2012
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  Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland In Eminent Victorians, Lytton Strachey’s 1918 biography of such 19th century icons as Florence Nightingale and other admired figures of the age, the author had fun knocking these demigods off their pedestals and revealing their feet of clay. Florence Nightingale, Strachey claimed, was “intolerable to...
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Feb.29.2012
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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (1979-) Now that Prince William is no longer the most eligible royal alive, young women around the world need another handsome contender to stoke their marriage fantasies. Prince Harry, arguably cuter than his older brother, is the likely contender for the title of sexiest royal alive. But there is another European prince who...