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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Arts & Letters Daily (19 Oct 2010)

Arts & Letters Daily (19 Oct 2010):

Great statesmen, Bismarck said, hear before others the distant hoofbeats of the horse of history. What, well may we ask, does Barack Obama hear?... more

The Hermaphrodite was denounced by moralists as soon as it was published in 1425. Its lurid poems have delighted decadents ever since... more

In Easy A, adolescent boys pay the lovely heroine for the privilege of saying that they slept with her. For our age - or any age - it's the double standard writ large... more