Monthly Archives: September 2018

Buffalo Bill and Susan B. Anthony

I’m re-reading Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City (2003) for the third time and stumbled across this story about the unlikely intersection of two huge nineteenth-century celebrities. A majority of the narrative follows the construction–and ensuing success–of the 1893 Chicago … Continue reading

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Guiseppe Mezzofanti

I first found this story in the New Yorker here. The article is about hyperpolyglots, or people who speak at least eleven languages (the general definition of a polyglot is someone who speaks at least five languages). One of history’s most remarkable hyperpolyglots … Continue reading

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