If you looked down upon the world from above, like an albatross, you might phant’sy there was some sameness among the people crowding the land below you. But we are not albatrosses, we see the world from ground level, from… Continue Reading
“Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” “That is the only time a man can be brave.” * * * “A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all… Continue Reading
One of the nicer treats I got in Italy last year was lemon soda. It’s ridiculously easy to make yourself: two ounces of simple syrup, four ounces of lemon juice, and six ounces of club soda, served over ice in… Continue Reading
Leap Year Day is coming up. When I first became Trumwill, Will Truman, instead of the blogging and commenting that I had done under my previous name, one of my main concerns is that people would quickly figure out who… Continue Reading
So I’m in court, doing an eviction. The tenant gives a sob story and indeed breaks down, sobbing. It’s a heart-wrenching and depressingly credible claim of a recent medical challenge in her family. She’s just begging for some time. I… Continue Reading
Hurray for him who wins, for I am on his side! – Loose translation of Florentine political aphorism
Seventeen states — Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah — lack something that the remainder of the states in the U.S.A. possess. What is it?
In his powerful biography of Peter I Romanov, Robert Massie puts words in the mouth of the czar: “I will drag you, kicking and screaming if need be, into the modern world.” Peter could do that to his own people… Continue Reading
In the autumn of the preceding year, I had form’d most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the JUNTO; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every… Continue Reading
The best episode of The Simpsons, ever, was episode 402: A Streetcar Named Marge. Discuss.