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The Encyclopedist

May 30, 2022

A common misconception is that same-sex marriage is a recent innovation. While it doesn't matter if it was or not, the truth is that same-sex marriage is as old as civilization itself. In this episode of the Encyclopedist I cover the history of same-sex marriage in the West from the Mesopotamians up to the year 1900. 


May 16, 2022

Everyone knows Lord Bulwer-Lytton as the author of the supposed worst opening line in all of literature: "It was a dark and stormy night." But the truth is that Bulwer-Lytton wasn't a bad writer. He could often be a good one, and more importantly he was an important one. In this episode, part two of two, I go through a...


May 16, 2022

Everyone knows Lord Bulwer-Lytton as the author of the supposed worst opening line in all of literature: "It was a dark and stormy night." But the truth is that Bulwer-Lytton wasn't a bad writer. He could often be a good one, and more importantly he was an important one. In this episode, part one of two, I discuss and...


May 2, 2022

In which I discuss the Jewish pirates of yore. I start by covering the Jewish pirates of antiquity, then move on to a description of the life of Sinan Reis, Jewish privateer for Admiral Barbarossa. Then it's on to the life and times of Samuel Palache, the Rabbi Pirate. I close with a discussion of why there weren't more...