ON THIS DAY: President Lincoln shot and killed in a tough day for the Booth family

On April 15 in 1865, a disgruntled Confederate sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head at close range with a small pistol. Unknown at the time, Booth’s older brother had saved Lincoln’s son’s life a few weeks earlier. … More ON THIS DAY: President Lincoln shot and killed in a tough day for the Booth family

Affluence Disorders; What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker

New words and phrases enter our lexicon regularly, often in response to new and highly specific inventions and behaviors, such as ‘social media’ or ‘sexting.’ The big picture still tends to be summarized by the older concepts that capture unchanging basic human impulses, words and phrases like ‘animal spirits’ or ‘ennui.’ The new phrase that … More Affluence Disorders; What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker