Sweet Talkin’: Turkish Delight

If you’ve ever flown on Turkish Airlines, or merely had a layover in Istanbul, you must have tasted one of those cube-shaped candies that are distributed on board or that sit on sample trays in store after store at the airport. The confection is known as Turkish delight, or locally, as lokum.  Turkish delight has […]

Book Firsts: A Timeline

Here’s some nifty book facts for bibliophiles:  First novel: Japan, The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, 1010.  First novel in English: Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, 1719.  First horror novel: Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole, 1765.  First mystery novel: The Notting Hill Mystery, Charles Warren Adams, 1862.  Illustrated by George Du Maurier, grandfather of Daphne.  First […]

Oh, Hell: A Month In The Country by J.L. Carr (1980).

The Battle of Passchendaele, officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one of those disasters of trench warfare for which World War I was infamous. The British offensive, fought over about four months in Flanders, Belgium in 1917, resulted in about 270,000 Allied losses–all to gain 5 miles of ground.  Some of these […]