Category Archives: Hugo (Victor)

#TrumpBookReports (in 140 characters)

For laughs, check out #TrumpBookReport on twitter. I’ve gathered some of the best renditions of Trump reviewing the classics.

Also posted in Bemelmans (Ludwig), Bronte (Charlotte), Bronte (Emily), Carroll (Lewis), Cervantes (Miguel de), Dickens (Charles), Dostoevsky (Fyodor), Dr. Seuss, Hawthorne (Nathaniel), Hemingway (Ernest), Homer, Lee (Harper), Lewis (C. S.), Melville (Herman), Milne (A. A.), Rowling (J. K.), Salinger (J. D.), Shakespeare (William), Silverstein (Shel), Steinbeck (John), Stowe (Harriet Beecher), Styron (William), Tolstoy (Leo) | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When It Comes to Culture, Bet on France

In the wake of the ISIS attacks, France has something to fall back on: its proud literary tradition.

Also posted in Apollinaire (Guillaume), Camus (Albert), Jarry (Alfred), Proust (Marcel), Sartre (Jean Paul) | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Petraeus: Karenina, Oedipus, or Antony?

The David Petraeus affair–is it 19th century melodrama or high tragedy?

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Loose Cannons and the 2008 Meltdown

Victor Hugo’s terrifying description of a loose cannon can be applied to the 2008 financial meltdown.

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