Malta: Nantucket with Flying Skulls

“If you’ve spent any time thinking about a chivalric order lately…” With these words do Happy Menocal and John Swansburg open their Slate piece on Malta and its guardian knights. Surely it wasn’t meant to, but the phrasing makes me think of an ad for a private school. All too easily, I can imagine the [Read More...]

Bring on the Dirt!

What a prince Bill Keller is. In reviewing John Julius Norwich’s Absolute Monarchs, he warns that this “rollicking narrative” featuring “265 popes (plus various usurpers and antiĀ­popes), feral hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths, expansionist emperors, Byzantine intriguers, Borgias and Medicis, heretic zealots, conspiring clerics, bestial inquisitors and more” might not appeal to “devout Catholics.” [Read More...]

The Dover Boys: Mindless Filler ‘Cause I’m Tired

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I wrote a crapload today. If I found the English language in a dark alley, I’d beat the living daylights out of it. Here’s a silly cartoon instead: [Read more...]


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