Ancient Aliens

Who built the Colosseum? If you're hesitating, don't. It's not a trick question. The Romans built the Colosseum. It was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian around 70 C.E. as part of the reclamation of the land taken for Nero's "Golden House". It was one of several building projects that followed the suppression of the Jewish Revolt…

Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star

(This is a copy of a Goodreads review.) An encouraging bit of Pride Month reading of the "Nice to know we've always been here" variety. "Openly gay" in the context of the 1920s held a different meaning than today, not an affirmation, but a refusal to lie, evading direct questions with clever evasions (making Haines…