U.S. Department of Agriculture bans words related to climate change.
The Romans of the Decadence (detail), by Thomas Couture, 1847. Musée d'Orsay.
Volume VI, Number 1 | winter 2012
The questions “Have you ever used Derbisol?” and “How often?” sometimes appear along with questions about alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana use on youth-risk surveys for students. Derbisol is a fictitious drug devised to test the reliability of the responder. In one survey, 163 of 894 students said that they had tried Derbisol—or 18.2 percent.
Thanks be to God: since my leaving drinking of wine, I do find myself much better and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company.- Samuel Pepys, 1662
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#11 John Strausbaugh
Lewis H. Lapham talks with John Strausbaugh, author of City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War. More