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A Single Sword to Thee

12 December 2017

O God of Earth and Altarby G. K. ChestertonO God of earth and altar,bow down and hear our cry,our earthly rulers falter,our people drift and die;the walls of gold entomb us,the swords...

Sympathy with the Dead

12 December 2017

An interesting passage from Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments (II.1.2.5):If the injured should perish in the quarrel, we not only sympathize with the real resentment of his friends...

Fortnightly Book, December 1

10 December 2017

The last fortnightly book of the year will be one of my favorites, G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, which was published in 1908. The subtitle is important;...

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

9 December 2017

IntroductionOpening Passages: From Alice:Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the...