Monday, November 17, 2014
TIDBITS FROM GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA
I am not what you would call a scholar. Even when I write two books on someone, I am liable to be a bit dim about that person's actual life. So it was with considerable surprise that I learned only today that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels met for the first time, in 1843, in a Paris cafe, cafe de la Regence. The cafe, which I also learned is famous in chess circles as the site of many storied matches in the 19th century, lies on a little side street between rue de Rivoli and the Right Bank. If GoogleMaps is to be trusted, it is still there, though it is now a restaurant, not a cafe. When I return to Paris in March for a brief visit during Spring Break, I shall be sure to visit it. I shall also ask my chess grandmaster son, Patrick, whether he has ever come across the name.