Murray Kempton on William F. Buckley Jr.’s campaign for mayor of NYC: “an Edwardian resident commissioner reading aloud the 39 articles of the Anglican establishment to a conscript of assembled Zulus.”
Fourteenth century plague doctors who wore a bird-like mask were referred to as “beak doctors”. Straps held the beak in front of the doctor’s nose. The mask had glass openings for the eyes and a curved beak shaped like a bird’s. The mask had two small nose holes and was a type of respirator which contained aromatic items. The beak could hold dried...