Wormwood and Honey In Ancient Rome

Wormwood and Honey In Ancient Rome

In Chapter XXXI of The Estate of Wormwood and Honey, Sergey recalls his mother using wormwood as a medicinal remedy.  To overcome the child’s resistance to drinking the very bitter medicine, his mother smears some honey around the rim of the cup.  This...
Wormwood, Absinthe, Degas

Wormwood, Absinthe, Degas

The technical name of the wormwood plant is Artemisia absinthium.  Is there thus a connection between wormwood and the popular French drink absinthe? The ever helpful “The Wormwood Society—America’s Premier Absinthe Association and Information Network” explains...

Economists and the Arts

Economists don’t have reputations as being particularly artistic or even being sensitive to the arts.  According to the old tired saw, they aspire to be accountants but lack the personality. And yet, in reality, the intersection between them and the arts is...