Posts Tagged ‘Napoleon’

Third of May 1808


May 3rd, 2017 Posted 8:30 am

Goya’s great painting, and the ancestor of war photography.




What’s In A Name?


November 17th, 2015 Posted 7:24 am

Mrs. Publicist: Middle of the month, so it’s time for What’s In A Name, where Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. What’s it going to be, Spence?

SQ: Well, since SANTA 365, the new C&B e-short is coming out in a few days –

Mrs. P: Ninety-nine cents at all the usual outlets!

SQ: – how about we do Plumpy Bonaparte, the Ponzi schemer who plays Santa in his holiday performance business? Plumpy – a nickname I’m not sure I’ve ever actually heard – calls to mind a certain vision that goes well with Santa, while Bonaparte decidedly does not. So the Ponzi-esque soul of the man is reflected in his name. Also, although so many died as a result of his ambitions, wasn’t there something a little ridiculous about the actual Napoleon Bonaparte?

Mrs. P: I’m not sure about that.

SQ: You’re probably right.

Mrs. P: How nice! See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name.





April 6th, 2012 Posted 9:06 am

“One hundred and fifty years ago today,” Spence says.

“Shiloh,” says Admin. “Hornet’s nest, fallen timbers, sunken road – the first really big bloodbath of the Civil War.”

“Although there’s a sunken road at Antietam, too – kind of confusing.”

“Don’t a lot of the battles have a similar pattern – Confederates winning day one, Union day two, and then it’s sort of over?”

“Not sure. But in two or three days those huge armies would probably eat up all the food around and have to move on.”

“Reminds me of Napoleon – an army marches on its belly.”

“Civil War tactics hadn’t moved on much from Napoleon’s time. But the weapons had, as both armies learned in the worst way. Endlessly fascinating in retrospect, the Civil War, and if I may venture an opinion, a guarantee of American exceptionalism pretty much forever.”

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