Bruno Maddox is a British literary novelist and journalist who is best
known for his critically lauded novel My Little Blue Dress (2001) and
for his satirical magazine essays. After graduating from Harvard
University in 1992, Maddox began his career reviewing books for The
New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post Book World. In
early 1996, he was appointed to an editorship at SPY magazine and
within a few months he was promoted to editor-in-chief, a position he
held until the magazine shut down in 1998. Maddox wrote My Little Blue
Dress between 1999 and 2001. Since its publication, he has focused on
writing satirical essays for magazines such as GEAR and Travel +
Leisure; he also contributes a monthly humor column to Discover
magazine called "Blinded by Science", drawing on his early exposure to
science and technology. Maddox is likewise a contributing editor to
the American edition of The Week magazine.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Saint Agnes was executed for refusing the prefect Sempronius' wish
for her to marry his son. She is today the patron saint of girls,
chastity, virgins, and others.
The Anabaptist Movement was born when founders Conrad Grebel, Felix
Manz, and George Blaurock re-baptized each other and other followers
in Zürich, Switzerland, believing that the Christian religious
practice of infant baptism is invalid because a child cannot commit to
a religious faith.
French Revolution: After being found guilty of treason by the
National Convention, King Louis XVI was guillotined in front of a
cheering crowd at the Place de la Révolution in Paris.
The First Dáil Éireann first convened at the Mansion House in
Dublin, adopting a Declaration of Independence calling for a new
sovereign state: the Irish Republic.
Vietnam War: The Vietnam People's Army attacked Khe Sanh Combat
Base, a U.S. Marines outpost in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam,
starting the Battle of Khe Sanh.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
bastion: A projecting part of a rampart or other fortification.
Wikiquote of the day:
If the general government should persist in the measures
now threatened, there must be war. It is painful enough to discover
with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. They do not
know its horrors. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as
the sum of all evils. -- Stonewall Jackson