I can’t say for certain when the first time I ever heard an Aretha Franklin album was. Her music was simply always there, in the the same way that Ella’s music was always there. I was weaned on her music, and to it.
Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. This week; music, art, history, food, and architecture.
While on a trip to Israel and Cyprus with my father this past May, I attempted to see as many of its physical remnants as possible.
Why did fascism fail in 1930s Britain? And what lessons can we learn to make sure that it fails in the 21st century?
Gods, prophets, and founders of nations of man.
A jazz loving serial killer walked the beautiful but vaguely ominous streets of 1918 New Orleans, chiseling his way into back doors of the homes of local merchants…
You know the old saying, “as American as baseball, apple pie, and George Washingtons personal recipe for beer.” Or at least, that is Anheuser-Busch’s latest idea. For a Budweiser that was formerly labeled “America”, there is only one step further to go to make it even more patriotic and historical:
A Look to the Past Looking Forward
A critical analysis of German grand strategy during the period 1933-1945.
But an Empire, in the same sense that a chihuahua is a dog.
Finally, with cannibalism!
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Revisionism
What does it take to be remembered?
Every so often I ever so fleetingly have hope
Really, what did King George III do that was so bad anyway?
It was supposed to be only a five hour tour…
An adventure in obsolete culture wars
American conservatives should consider the example of Robert Peel in trying to figure out the way forward.
John Quincy Adams, as a Calvinistic Christian, was open to the notion that John Milton, Homer and Virgil were divinely inspired along the same grounds he believed the inspired parts of the biblical canon were. He also endorsed the notion of a “partially inspired” biblical canon.
A guide for the bewildered.
The Democratic Party is collapsing, and has been collapsing for a decade. Having the Presidency just hid all the rot happening elsewhere. Now we face the prospect of one party rule in a way we have not seen before, led by a type of President we have not seen before.
Nearly entirely baseball-free, but with a free bonus of presidential politics!
Academia, Neocons, and the Curse of Being Relevant.
Truman, Oppenheimer, and the H-Bomb
How Tokyo got the Olympics … and lost them to Helsinki, who lost them too.
A grammar quiz, in honor of the day
Originally run on his private blog way back in 2011, Burt Likko offers an editor’s view of the organic document of the United States of America.
A tale of substance abuse, domestic violence, and baseball, plus a free bonus axe murder if you call now! And a mystery.
Reflections on Anya von Bremzen’s memoir of “food and longing.”
Yorktown: the anti-Williamsburg.
Yet another guy who didn’t invent the game! And why anyone thinks he did.
Adrian Rutt shares a vivid historical experience.
Maybe it wasn’t the biggest surprise to come out of the Treasury Department since FDR approved 3.2% beer during Prohibition, but Burt Likko welcomes today’s news about the government’s decision to shift the granting of high honors from one historical figure to another anyway.
I’m Charles, this this my brother Louis, and this is my other brother Louis.
Why anyone thinks he did: Part II of a four part series
Read about cutting edge research from Harvard that both contradicts a “secular” understanding of modernity and supports an egalitarian economic vision of such.