Monthly Archives: January 2015

More on Genocide

“The Unkindest Cut of All” by Stephen Budiansky, a book review of “The Killing Compartments” by Abram de Swaan. The Wall Street Journal, 1/11/2015. Genocidal killing sprees have taken more than 100 million lives since the late 19th century—four times … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont and the Modern Corporation

Pierre S. Du Pont and the Making of the Modern Corporation by Alfred du Pont Chandler.  Beard Books. The Pierre du Pont who built Longwood Gardens in the 1920s (there were four with exactly the same name at different times) … Continue reading

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The Armenian Great Catastrophe

“A Century of Silence” by Raffi Khatchadourian. The New Yorker, 1/5/2015. “Armenian Classmates.” This blog, 7/12/2005. The New Yorker article is very long, a length that usually signals a forthcoming book. There is no way I can do it justice; … Continue reading

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The White-Coat Mystique and Restasis Commercials

Is anyone else creeped out by the ethereal lady eye doctor on the Restasis commercials?  Her name is Dr. Alison Tendler, a board-certified ophthalmologist in South Dakota, a real doctor, not an actress, so I cut her some slack.  I … Continue reading

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Gift Cards

Why would anyone give a gift card instead of a check? Why purposely limit the use of a gift? The store gets to use your money until the card is redeemed, and if the card is lost, they get to … Continue reading

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Ikea and the Fate of the S.S. United States

A few weeks ago I drove to the nearest Ikea, which was in Philadelphia, just east of I-95 between the Ben Franklin and the Walt Whitman bridges. I would not normally go that far for any store, but getting to … Continue reading

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