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Catherine the Great

Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects

Susan Jaques | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

From Peter the Great and Catherine the Great to Alexander I and Nicholas II, the Romanovs held onto power with the help of a system of patronage that featured elaborate gifts for military leaders, courtiers, and heads of state.

Three Books, Three Ladies On My Nightstand

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

For some mysterious reason, three dramatically different books ended up on my nightstand -- three books written by three authors, all of them women. O...

Catherine the Greatest

Susan Jaques | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

Though she preferred posterity to be her judge, Catherine II acquired the moniker 'Great' during her remarkable 34-year run as empress. Under her watch, Russia became a global superpower and St. Petersburg a sophisticated cultural capital.

'Capability' Brown & the English Landscape Garden

Susan Jaques | Posted 06.08.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

When landscape designer Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was invited to work in Ireland, he famously replied: "I haven't finished England yet." During his...

Sperm Count: Squirting the Issue

Francis Levy | Posted 02.19.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

"If it's been done it's been said and if it's been said it's been done" is the old saw that's usually applied to human sexuality. But do you give cred...

Catherine the Great: "Glutton" or Connoisseur?

Susan Jaques | Posted 08.27.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

Initially, Catherine's art collecting was a political pursuit, part of a calculated strategy to transform Russia from northern backwater to European superpower.

In "Loo" of Good Taste

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 08.16.2016 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I shudder to think how my parents would have survived in today's anything-goes, nothing-is-sacred, sexually charged society. Their values were black and white, wrong and right, good and bad, with little wiggle room for compromise.

The Girl or Guy of Your Nightmares

Francis Levy | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

What if you were grotesquely deformed and you wanted no one to see you? Yet you had a need for contact and so began to communicate online employing another avatar. This isn't even the stuff of science fiction. It probably takes place.

Fine Art of Art Documentary

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

In the last few weeks, Laemmle Theaters added to this Monday program a series of exciting documentaries.

New in St. Petersburg: Fashion, Fabergé and a Luxe Roman Spa

Susan Jaques | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Susan Jaques

In 1764, Russia's art-loving Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum with the first of many paintings acquisitions. This year, to celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Hermitage has organized a visual feast: "At the Russian Imperial Court: Costumes of the 18th - early-20th Centuries."

The 7 Sexiest Seductresses Of All Time

YourTango | Kristen Droesch | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty

The 7 Sexiest Seductresses Of All Time By Kristen Droesch The ladies who turned the world upside down. Over the course of thousands of year...

Cameo Appearances

Susan Jaques | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Susan Jaques

With deep pockets, Catherine the Great lured some of Europe's most talented architects and artists to St. Petersburg to produce everything from elegant palaces and interiors to a monumental tribute to Peter the Great.

Madonna & Monkey-Business: London's Russian Week Forges Ahead

Simon Hewitt | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

Russian Week in London (May 31-June 5) was full of surprises. Bonhams had the top lot and Sotheby's the worst sale. Expect Halley's Comet to return be...

Russia: Where Bigger Is Still Better

Peter Worthington | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Russians are obsessed with size. If something is big, it's good. If it's oversized, it's better. Buildings in St. Petersburg and Moscow are huge and tend to the baroque. Visually impressive, albeit much the same. One finds oneself longing for something small and private.

Carl Paladino: Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

Usually I steer clear of politics. Normally I follow Mr. Ed's wise dictum "don't speak unless you've got something to say." But in the case of my old buddy Carl Paladino, I can remain muzzled no longer.

Famous, Interesting And Dead

John Mitchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Mitchinson

Many are world famous, others almost completely forgotten: the only criteria for inclusion were that they be both dead -- and interesting.

6 'Facts' About Historic Figures (Their Enemies Made Up)

Cracked.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The truth is like Silly Putty: you can stretch it, mold it and use it to destroy someone's life. Just ask anyone who's ever run a nasty smear campaig...

Why Powerful Women (Mostly) Avoid Sex Scandals

Newsweek | Julia Baird | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Catherine the Great was a woman with an extravagant, exacting sexual appetite. During the 34 years of her reign, she had a host of young, well-trained...