The story behind the phrase “The Year of Living Dangerously”

Google has a cool tool for researchers of words and phrases (including quotations) called the Ngram Viewer. It graphs the occurrence of a word or phrase in books published between the years 1500 and 2008. If you do an Ngram search for the phrase “the year of living dangerously,” you’ll see a huge, continuing spike … Read more

“Strange but true” — there are quotes by Lord Byron you probably didn’t know you knew…

Although Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) is one of the most famous of all English poets, few of us can recite a lot of lines from his poems. Thanks to some popular modern biographies, Ken’s Russell’s movie Gothic (1986), the BBC drama Byron (2003), and other movies and TV shows, many people are aware … Read more