"A conviction that those who perform the prayer of labor may store up a compensation which cannot be appropriated by the improvident is the soundest incentive to virtuous industry. Where the opposite conviction prevails, where popular majorities may, on a plea of present need, override these rights earned by past effort, the tendency is for … Continue reading Corruption


"I serve notice, therefore, that we here approach a question of blasphemous nature, a question whose mere asking disturbs the deepest complacency of the age. And that is: Has the art of writing proved an unmixed blessing? The thought challenges so many assumptions that to consider it requires almost a fresh orientation in philosophy; but … Continue reading Writing


I know I haven't posted about sports in a long time; mostly it's been because I haven't kept up with any sports very much over the past year. But, it has not escaped my notice that the Pittsburgh Steelers have the chance to win their sixth Super Bowl here soon. I confess that I'm glad … Continue reading Steelers!

The Past

"Most modern people appear to resent the past and seek to deny its substance for either of two reasons: (1) it confuses them, or (2) it inhibits them. If it confuses them, they have not thought enough about it; if it inhibits them, we should look with a curious eye upon whatever schemes they have … Continue reading The Past

Book stats

Lists from 2006 and 2007, 2008's list is in the preceding post but one. In 2008 and 2006, all the non-fiction books I read were first-time reads. In 2007 I re-read 3 non-fiction books. An interesting fact, I think. While I think I tend to value the non-fiction I read more highly than the fiction, … Continue reading Book stats