“I can resist everything except temptation” and other famous quotes from Oscar Wilde’s play “Lady Windermere’s Fan”…

In 1892, Oscar Wilde was near the peak of his fame. He had already gained international renown as a poet, essayist and wit. His novel The Picture of Dorian Gray — first serialized in Lippincott’s Magazine 1890, then published in book form in 1891 — was highly popular. Then, in 1892, he enjoyed his first … Read more

The dark origins of the terms “the Dismal Science” and “Professors of the Dismal Science”…

“The Dismal Science” is an old but still commonly-used nickname for the realm of economics. “Professors of the Dismal Science” is an old but still used nickname for economists. Both were coined in the mid-1800s by the British historian, translator, essayist, author and mathematician Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). I suspect most people who see those terms … Read more