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The Koran, Edgar Allan Poe and Science

Edgar Allan Poe has a reputation for mockery and secrecy. He loved to challenge his readers with riddles, hoaxes, and cryptography. He was a talented crypto-analyst and he wrote articles about ‘secret writing’, as he called it. He used this […]

The Koran, Edgar Allan Poe and Science

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Edgar Allan Poe has a reputation for mockery and secrecy. He loved to challenge his readers with riddles, hoaxes, and cryptography. He was a talented crypto-analyst and he wrote articles about ‘secret writing’, as he called it. He used this […]

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Essay on Literature is the Mirror of Society

Since the dawn of man, the art of storytelling was utilized to pass on critically deemed information about society, life, and everything. During the early days, much of our

Confederate and Union graves in the “Old Field” of Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. (Kevin C. Fitzpatrick)

Maryland Confederate war hero among 500 ‘rebels’ buried in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Confederate and Union graves in the “Old Field” of Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. (Kevin C. Fitzpatrick) I have paid my respects to the Confederate soldiers buried in

Sherlock Holmes, My Dad and Me

It took me seven years to land my first publishing contract — which is actually not terrible by industry standards. But it meant that I’d had the dedication on

Edgar Allan Poe: Artillerist-poet and his explosive legacy

The young Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) had a remarkable military career of almost four years, which had a lasting effect on his later literary work. Many Poe biographers speculated about

Labor Day, 2016-A Survivor’s Story

It’s the only U.S. holiday dedicated solely to workers. And since there’s no parade in my town, this should be an occasion for a guy who worked in a

Can sugarcane save Ethiopia’s dwindling forests?

Sugarcane harvest in Ethiopia (Wikipedia) Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a rich and varied nature and wildlife. However, the population growth and the need

Baltimore Sun gives Japanese War Lords a pass

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana Some of the ways in which the U.S.’ A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are very one-sided. They

Europe Under Attack: Neglected lessons from the Netherlands

On Christmas Eve (Peace on Earth) of the year 2002 I published an article in the Amsterdam newspaper 'Het Parool', in which I announced that sooner or later West

Edgar Allan Poe and King Ludwig II portrait

In 1882 the American journalist and writer Lew Vanderpoole requested an audience of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), because he needed the king's help for the settlement of

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