The conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XIII started in March of 1730 and was still under way in mid-May when a series of earthquakes shook Italy. God seemed displeased at the contentiousness and corruption, as Spain’s King Philip V, France’s Louis XV and Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI all pushed their own … More ‘Eyewitness Views’ makes us part of the 18th century’s ceremonies and calamaties
Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms house in Palm Springs has many visitors, but how long had it been since anyone opened the mailbox? A very long time, judging by all the envelopes and packages that had continued to be delivered over the decades. … More Inside Sinatra’s mailbox at 1145 E. Via Colusa, the Twin Palms house in Palm Springs
Some people are merely creative, but a few burst with creative force like a pulsar emitting electromagnetic radiation.
… More An elemental being brings her creative force to Palm Springs and the forest above
A guest chef in my kitchen has made me realize how much I’m missing blood orange olive oil. … More Amy’s Palm Springs Dessert Salad
What makes Mr. Young’s very short book creak very loudly is its relativism and the fundamental presumption that more socialism is the answer to everything. … More In theory, postcolonialism was a thing, but today’s pragmatic nations are ditching it
On yesterday’s flight to Los Angeles, my seatmate in Business Class was a young woman—I’ll call her Jennifer—who said she was Cindy Crawford’s assistant. Miss Crawford, Jennifer said, was just ahead in the First Class cabin. Jennifer works for her Crawdaddy Productions, dealing with agents and all those who want the 51-year-old supermodel’s endorsement. They were returning … More A close encounter of the airliner kind with Cindy Crawford, whose assistant had no TV
Besides the broad movement against unaccountable central authority, the election of Donald Trump was a statement against the political correctness that increasingly entails speech codes and the denial of speech. In their protests, liberals go on claiming the high road. … More Two books help to understand the endurance of liberalism and why it now falters