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Emperor Trump?

NEW YORK- “How’s everything with you post election?” our fearless leader, Anya Leonard, wrote to us on Wednesday morning. We look out the window. Sun still shining. We glance over our shoulder. Dog still napping on the couch. We pick up a piece of paper, drop it, and watch it waft slowly to the floor.

Nothing More Demoralizing

By Ben Potter and Van Bryan “Money…there’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.” So says the 5th-century Greek playwright, Sophocles. Now, dear reader, we’re a student of the classics. We believe that an understanding and appreciation for the literature and history of antiquity can lend us perspective. The classics teach us to think

Ego is Your Enemy

This month we have been occupied with politics- discussing politics, reading The Politics, mourning the state of politics, writing about aforementioned lamentation of politics. Why do we do this to ourselves? No answers for certain. Maybe your editor is a masochist. If you’re a long-time sufferer of our scribblings, then that also makes us a

How important is the health of a ruler?

The classical age was rife with plague and disease. After all, the ancient world very often chalked up illnesses to the whims of capricious gods; and when you consider that there were open sewer systems, deplorable hygiene practices, not to mention a severe lack of penicillin, getting sick and dying weak and infirmed was par

The (ancient) Building Boom

We haven’t lived in the city long enough to become nostalgic for the town that it once was. We can’t mourn for the destruction of the original Astor Hotel (demolished in the early 20th century) or lament the fate of the original Pen Station- a beautiful, classically inspired, architectural jewel that was leveled in the

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