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Vomit as a metaphor for slavery

Vomit as a metaphor for slavery

chuck October 22, 2012 0

“The insolvency of slavery shows and stares, and we shall perhaps live to see that putrid Black-vomit extirpated by mere dying and planting.” Ralph Waldo Emerson writing to Thomas Carlyle, 1859 The Correspondence of

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Moliere’s prescription for every ill

Moliere’s prescription for every ill

chuck October 15, 2012 0

“Give enema, then bleed and finally purge.”  Molière, The Imaginary Invalid (1673). French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), better known by his nom-de-plume, Molière, was no fan of doctors. In Molière’s day, the medical profession

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Barf as a religious cue and political metaphor

Barf as a religious cue and political metaphor

chuck September 24, 2012 0

“His bread in his belly shall be turned into the gall of asps within him, The riches which he hath swallowed, he shall vomit up, and God shall draw them out of his belly.”

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The naughty (barfy) side of ancient Greek art

The naughty (barfy) side of ancient Greek art

chuck August 31, 2012 0

Around 400 BCE a Greek artisan sat down to paint a picture in the manner that has since come to be known as Attic red figure. He was painting the picture not on canvas

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Mark Antony barfs in public

Mark Antony barfs in public

chuck August 27, 2012 0

“…during this period also he was drunk and abusive and in the assemblies would frequently vomit the remains of yesterday’s debauch on the rostra itself, in the midst of his harangues …. [and] he

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Renaissance Man Benvenuto Cellini Hurls a Hairy Worm

Renaissance Man Benvenuto Cellini Hurls a Hairy Worm

chuck August 20, 2012 0

 “… I began to vomit, during which there came from my stomach a hairy worm about a quarter of a cubit in length”  Benvenuto Cellini, Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) was a

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The 4th Earl of Chesterfield on the Value of Vomiting

The 4th Earl of Chesterfield on the Value of Vomiting

chuck August 15, 2012 0

“I could wish, though I do not expect it, that you would take one gentle vomit.” Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Letters To His Son On The Art Of Becoming A Man

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