Posts by Quintus Curtius

A Portuguese Translation Of My Essay “The Engrossed”

Article originated hereI was informed today that an excellent Portuguese translation of my essay The Engrossed appeared on the site Nuvem de Giz.  I very much appreciate the efforts of translator Sr. Daniel Castro, and am grateful that he found the essay to have been worthy of his efforts.  The translation can be found here. Other…

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A Phone Call With Stalin

Article originated hereStalin biographer Steven Kotkin relates this ominous anecdote in the second volume of his monumental three-volume study of the Soviet dictator’s life and times.  It shows–perhaps more clearly than any other anecdote–just how a man’s fate can hinge on a few critical moments in his life. In the early 1930s, many parts of…

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A Dialogue With James Maverick

Article originated hereI recently had a great conversation with my good friend James Maverick, an accomplished traveler and entrepreneur, who is also the proprietor of the site MaverickTraveler.com.  It’s always a great feeling to be talking to people with whom you have something in common, and we were able to cover an amazing amount of…

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Movie Roundup (11/15/2017)

Article originated hereIn this podcast we discuss three movies: “Good People” (2014), “Smoke and Mirrors” (El Hombre de las Mil Caras)(2016), and the truly unsettling “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017). This podcast is available in a variety of formats, including Soundcloud, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play.         If you enjoyed…

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Heinrich Barth: An Incredible Explorer And Ethnographer

Article originated hereThe name Heinrich Barth is almost unknown today.  But he is without doubt the greatest explorer that Germany produced in the nineteenth century, and probably even in the twentieth.  Not only did he penetrate completely unknown regions of Africa, but he kept a meticulous record of his travels, to such an extent that…

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Great Deeds Of Valor From The Fourth Crusade

Article originated hereGeoffrey of Villehardouin (1160–1212?) is known as one of the first important names in French historiography.  Unlike his predecessors, he was not a dry chronicler; he was a historian who participated directly in the events he described, and was reasonably objective by the standards of his day.  His book, The Conquest of Constantinople,…

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The Remarkable Memoirs Of Madame Roland

Article originated hereWhen a writer composes his or her memoirs while in prison awaiting execution, we owe it to ourselves to consider what they have to say.  It may be a cliché that the prospect of death focuses the memory and concentration, but it is a cliché that is powerfully true.  In Chapter 5 of…

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On The Forgetting Of Offenses And Insults

Article originated hereIt is a good thing for us to cultivate our aggressive spirit.  Life requires participation, and participation demands endurance and adrenaline; and he who enters battle with a spirit of meek submissiveness is likely to get precisely what he asks for.  All this is true.  Yet the patient endurance of the pack-mule may…

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Movie Roundup (11/4/2017)

Article originated hereIn this podcast we provide short reviews of five movies I’ve seen recently: Hell or High Water (2016) Life (2017) Son of a Gun (2014) Black Snow (Nieve Negra) (2017) Michael Clayton (2007)   This podcast can be found in a variety of formats, including Soundcloud, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play.   If you enjoyed…

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