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The First Great Wars

The story of Captain Angelo di Carlo’s life takes us through a turbulent period in world history, and in the history of the Sicilian Mafia: through two world wars, and two more for domination of New York City by competing mafia organizations. 1,173 more words

Book Review: Hedy's Folly

This review was originally written for In the Mouth of Dorkness in January of 2014.  I’ve been chatting with some folks about Lamarr, and thinking about Antheil’s music a bunch lately, so I thought it would be a good time to revisit it. 713 more words

Book Review

'How do you solve a problem like....Agathe!' Midleton's surprising link with 'The Sound of Music'!

When the 1959 Broadway musical ‘Sound of Music‘ was transformed into a movie in 1965 it is unlikely that the audiences who viewed it in Midleton’s… 854 more words

The First Black Fighter Pilot

You never know who you’re sharing an elevator with — and back when Rockefeller Center still had elevator operators, it was easy to ignore the elderly Black man in the corner. 106 more words


Getting the Lead Out

One of the great things about writing on this blog is the fact that I am learning new things on a daily basis.  For the most part, when I start looking into a story, I am working from square one.  676 more words

Gordon Campbell VC: Croydon remembers naval war hero

Croydon staged a civic ceremony in the town centre yesterday to commemorate the borough’s only World War I recipient of the Victoria Cross, the nation’s highest award for gallantry. 432 more words


Early Modernism: Spanish Civil War

The era that our coursework defines as “Early Modernism” is a tumultuous era, which includes the horrors of World War I, rejection of past traditions, disillusionment in reality itself, the desperation of the Great Depression and the conflicts that lead up to World War II. 1,273 more words