Words have connotations and denotations. Implicit is like implied or implicated "Implicit in his boast that the US has the most powerful army was an understanding that no other army is as powerful." Complicit is like accomplice. "Although I did not tell my nephew Santa exists I stayed quiet when my brother did,… » 9/28/14 5:23pm 9/28/14 5:23pm

A woman makes less than a man doing the same job thanks to eons of discrimination. How much does she get? A gay man is passed over for promotion because the company wants a straight person. How much does he get? Asian-americans for hundreds of years were pushed into "Chinatown" and other segregated enclaves, how… » 9/22/14 2:40pm 9/22/14 2:40pm

Great article, thanks so much. One of du Maurier's other lovers was the horticulturist Vita Sackville-West, whenever I read "Rebecca" I wonder how much of the lush descriptions of the flowers at Manderley is due to Vita's influence. As I understand it, during the war du Maurier and her husband hosted recuperating… » 9/19/14 4:12pm 9/19/14 4:12pm

Louis XIII had a modest hunting lodge at Versailles. His son Louis XIV had such fond memories of the lodge that he insisted it be integrated into the palace he had built there later. Louis XIV is really the "designer" of the Palace of Versailles although it was substantially altered by Louis XV and Louis-Phillipe. » 9/17/14 3:42pm 9/17/14 3:42pm