The great European capitals of North America

There are approximately 25 communities named Athens in North America. I say “approximately”, because it depends on how you count. Many of the American Athenses are unincorporated communities, and rely for their continued existence not on legal writ, but on social agreement or collective memory. Some no longer exist at all, having succumbed to the turbulence of … Continue reading The great European capitals of North America

you can’t make this stuff up (but Freud could)

Out of idle curiosity, I just spent a few minutes looking up the origin of the phrase “the narcissism of small differences.” Turns out it’s one of Freud’s many contributions to our lexicon, and originates in his 1917 article The Taboo of Virginity: Crawley, in terms that are hardly distinguishable from those employed by psychoanalysis, … Continue reading you can’t make this stuff up (but Freud could)