DANIEL FINNERAN

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Religion and Politics: The Unwelcome Guests

Do you dare discuss religion and politics over the holiday season?  It’s an ageless maxim that, when gathered with family and friends during the course of the holiday season, all discussion of politics—and, to a lesser extent, religion—should be studiously avoided. These are the two guests, unique among all possible guests, to whom it’s not …

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Deep Thoughts About Sandwiches: John Montagu, Gambling Debts, and Reading Terminal Market

Unlike most of his corpulent countrymen, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, spent more time at the gambling than at the dinner table.  A founding member of the notorious Hellfire Club, to which only the most refined rakes and well-born lechers in England were granted admittance, Montagu was, by any measure, an extraordinary man. …

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