Jim Holt

Holt’s Confessions of a New York Winedrinker

Even for a Virginian, Thomas Jefferson was a pretty impressive fellow. In addition to drafting the Declaration of Independence (yes, I know he stole all the ideas from Locke) and more than doubling the size of this nation as president, he played a mean fiddle and was a dab hand at Palladian architecture. He founded the magnificent University of Virginia, which counts among its distinguished alumni Edgar Allan Poe, Taki, and myself. He invented Jeffersonian democracy, the dumb-waiter, the frisbee, and raspberry syrup, I think. It seems the only thing he lacked was a sense of humour.

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