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Daily Archives: December 18th, 2011

The Comtesse D’Haussonville

  SEVERAL READERS expressed interest in Ingres’s famous 1845 painting of the Comtesse d’Haussonville, which I posted recently without comment. Though the image here does not do justice to the arresting colors and lifelike gaze, it’s still worth a second look. (Click on the image for a larger version.) The Comtesse’s marble white skin is so lovely in this ravishing blue gown against the blue […]

And He Had a British Accent Too!

  [NOTE: See a reader's correction below. Hitchens did not have a "British" accent. There is no such thing.] IN AN entry at VFR, a reader quotes this anonymous online comment about Christopher Hitchens and the tendency of Americans to fall head over heels for glib British intellectuals: He and Arianna H[uffington] were/are masters of that Oxbridge debating […]

More Domestic Wizardry

  SARAH writes: After reading Sarah Nelson’s contribution to your site, I would like to make a contribution of my own. We are a family of three (becoming four next year!) and live on a single wage. We have also had foster children in the past. We rent a small, 60-year-old home and have found our expenses to […]