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Plot Thickens in the Story of O
Like any city devoted purely to the business of politics, Washington DC thrives on gossip. Much of the tattle inside the beltway in recent weeks has been over the publication this week of O, a speculative account of the 2012 presidential race. In the roman à clef, the presidential incumbent is a thinly-disguised Barack Obama.
Much like Joe Klein’s 1996 Primary Colors…
Lunchbox / Soapbox
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A Crisis of Political Economy
By George Friedman, Stratfor Global Intelligence
“Classical political economists like Adam Smith or David Ricardo never used the term ‘economy’ by itself. They always used the term ‘political economy.’ For classical economists, it was impossible to understand politics without economics or economics without politics. The two fields are certainly different but they are also intimately linked. The use of the term ‘economy’ by itself…
Arsenic & Young Jane
A Jane Austen scholar believes it highly likely that Jane Austen died of arsenic poisoning. Although she won’t rule out the possibility that Austen was murdered, Lindsay Ashford believes Austen is most likely to have been prescribed medecine in which arsenic was an ingredient. The Guardian reports that tests on a lock of Austen’s hair currently owned by private collectors has found an unusually…
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