Déjà Vu

Bringing an historical perspective to the day's news

August 21, 2017

July 26, 2017

Grave Aesthetics

2017:

Salvador Dalí’s moustache is discovered intact.

1817:

Long-dead Bourbons are shockingly presentable.

July 24, 2017

Fonts and Scoundrels

2017:

Using Microsoft fonts to solve an international scandal.

1440:

Exposing a literary fraud in the fifteenth century.

July 13, 2017

Regulating the Sacrament

2017:

The Vatican forbids gluten-free communion.

1052:

Leavened or unleavened? Saint Peter Damian says he doesn’t care.

February 21, 2017

Apropos of Nothing

2017:

The Trump administration lies about terrorist attacks. 

c. 1517:

Machiavelli assures “fraud is fair in war.”

October 06, 2016

Hiding in Plain Sight

2016:

Elena Ferrante is unwillingly unmasked.

1847:

A letter from Charlotte Brontë’s nom de plume.

October 03, 2016

Queen of the Polls

2016:

Donald Trump versus Miss Universe.

1914:

Suffragettes use pageants to make their case.