If you've ever struggled through Marcel Proust's seven-volume epic, "Remembrance of Things Past," you have C.K. Scott Moncrieff to thank. Moncrieff introduced the French novelist to the world with his translation, while also living lives as a poet, soldier and spy in his own right.
What do you get when you combine the sweet sounds of an obscure West Coast jazz composer with the most popular comic strip of all-time to create an animated Christmas special? "A Charlie Brown Christmas" — one of the most enduring and endearing cultural phenomenons of the last 50 years.
They wear colorful suits with cravats, canes, monocles, alligator shoes — the more outlandish the fashion, the better. They are Congolese men of modest means and they are the stars of a new ad for Guinness beer.