Neal Stephenson, Neil Armstrong and Neil Gaiman


March 1940: Before spring arrived in New York, The Times ran a photo spread of circus performers putting the final polish on their acts in their winter quarters in Sarasota, Fla.  Here, the caption said, “an aerial troupe practices in a treetop setting very different from that of Madison Square Garden or the ‘big top.’ ” Photo: The New York Times

Madonna starts singing “Like A Prayer” and all I can think of is Mike Aitken blasting some of the steeziest turndowns imaginable.