Jimmy Carter’s “Malaise Speech” (which didn’t include the word ‘malaise’)…

On the night of July 15, 1979, in the midst of his third year as president, Jimmy Carter gave a televised speech from the White House that is often called his “Malaise Speech.” Malaise is a French word meaning a feeling of uneasiness or discomfort, adopted into English long ago. It definitely fit the timing … Read more

Mae West was very good at being bad…

Mae West (1893-1980) was like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Dorothy Parker all combined in one package. She was sensuous, smart and funny. She was a singer, actor, playwright and screenwriter – and a genius at generating and capitalizing on sex-related controversy. Indeed, the first play she starred in on Broadway (which she also wrote under … Read more