Today, we are all the 24th of Brumaire

Wanting to separate pure Revolutionary France from the traditional Julian calendar and its saints’ days (and, you know, its Catholicism), in 1793 the French government instituted a new calendar based on the metric system. The year was still divided into twelve months — though the names were all new and based on Paris weather — […]

Ah, Poetry

A long time ago, in another life, I was an English major with an emphasis in Poetry. That’s right: I’m a poetry major, with all the accolades and untold riches you would imagine. I wrote poems. Dozens, to add to my dozens of pretentious high school poems. I refined them in seminars and workshops. I […]