The fruit took on cult status in China after Mao gifted his workers a box of mangoes sent from Pakistan.
“Apparently, Mao didn’t like fruit. It was an easy re-gift.”
Waste paper baskets: deeply symbolic, paradoxical items. Who knew?
“Until I read Paradox, I had not considered the possibility that waste paper baskets could be imbued with paradox, but Legrand has convinced me.”
The following story comes recommended by Ben Marks, senior editor for Collectors Weekly: Doris Kearns Goodwin’s most recent history, The Bully Pulpit, chronicles the intertwined lives of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, often in excruciating detail, from Roosevelt’s struggles with the bosses of his Republican party to the fungal infections that plagued Taft’s groin. […]