Friday, September 25, 2009

And his lovely wife, Madeline

And how are things on the Coleridge desk at the Newspaper of Record?

The TV Sports column on Wednesday, about the N.F.L. premiere of the new Cowboys Stadium, misspelled the surname of the Mongol emperor who built a lavish summer capital, Xanadu, which was teasingly likened to the sprawling football stadium built by the Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones. The emperor was Kublai Khan, not Kahn.

I'm not sure about the "surname" thing either, but I'd want to ask Alexander or one of the Great kids to be sure.



Blogger John Cowan said...

In Harry Turtledove's wonderful 1986 story, "The Barbecue, the Movie, & Other Unfortunately Not So Relevant Material", one of the characters is a time-traveling history grad student from 50,000 years hence. He attempted to target the 11th century to interview Temujin, Genghis Khan; unfortunately, a mere 1% error left him in the 20th century at the door of T.G. Kahn, a man whose father had an evil sense of humor. Much hilarity results.
A few good lines:

"I said amuse yourself, not abuse yourself."

"I see that although you are enemies of the Mongols, you have adopted their custom of paper money."

"If you lived in my era [pointing to a menorah on Kahn's shelf], I would assume you were Jewish."

6:46 PM, September 25, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Perhaps Miss Of Arc could comment?

2:17 PM, September 26, 2009  

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