From: Stephen Lauf
Subject: elliptical fluency
Date: 2004.01.13 15:05

Is that like a babble of tongues?

If Napoleon had fled to America exactly like his brother Joseph, he would have spent the rest of his life in and around Philadelphia (as opposed to the remote(st) island, St. Helena). When Joseph fled, he took one of the gold crests that were originally on either side of Napoleon's Imperial coronation coach--today a prized possession of the Philadelphia Athenaeum. Jim Williams of Savannah owned the other Napoleonic crest during the later decade of his life.

Napoleon, of course, finds it hilarious that one of the latest theories about what illnesses he may have had is that he was gradually changing into a female. He still laughs about it at least a couple of times a day. "Yes, it was all because of that stupid solitaire game I played everyday!" And then he starts laughing all over again.

I actually got an email today (the first such ever) from a faculty member of Cardinal Dougherty High School. She has all these question because she's reading The Da Vinci Code. Interestingly, Ron Evitts sent me a second email within which I was asked about The Da Vinci Code. I haven't read it, but I've known about it for a couple of months now, since some show aired on PrimeTime. Both emails also mentioned Helena, although The Da Vinci Code does not.

When Rubens writes within "My Rita Novel Idea" it will not be in his customary Italian, rather his completely rare modern English.

Jail House reading material:
Music for Chameleons
by Truman Capote



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