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John Lessingham

12 July 2013

Going down mountain roads at high speeds—yes, but how many? Cobblestones are popular because they are painful to ride over and cause crashes. The riders grumble and occasionally even collectively protest particularly brutal demands (usually in Italy), but in general they are famous and well paid and accept the level of risk. More…

7 June 2012

To write The Great War, Fussell read every British war memoir of note and then churned through the archives of the Imperial War Museum, adding the voices of scores of Tommies to those of the famous war writers, among whom Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, and Edmund Blunden loom the largest. More…

10 January 2012

Joe Paterno, football coach, liked to talk about the Aeneid. He gave speeches about heroism and the Aeneid as early as the 1970s. It’s a central motif of his autobiography, Paterno: By the Book, and as recently as 2007, Paterno told GQ that the Aeneid has “probably had as much influence on me as anything in my life.” More…