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The Asshole Factory

Great article from Umair Haque on the sterility of the modern world: The Great Enterprise of the Age of Stagnation is the wholesale manufacture not of great, world-shaking, ground-breaking ideas, … Continue reading

28 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

The proper spirit of travel

Robert Byron writes in The Road to Oxiana (my reference is to the Pimlico edition of 2004, page 317) about the proper spirit with which to engage in the adventurous … Continue reading

25 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the day: Truth in Society

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. Doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish (a Palestinian doctor from Gaza, three of whose children were … Continue reading

14 September, 2014 · Leave a comment

Henry Miller: sound advice for life

If at eighty you’re not a cripple or an invalid, if you have your health, if you still enjoy a good walk, a good meal (with all the trimmings), if … Continue reading

25 August, 2014 · Leave a comment

Meaning in life

From the Harvard Business Review, of all places, comes this really rather good article by Clayton Christensen on the importance of assessing what you really want in life. This basically … Continue reading

16 July, 2010 · Leave a comment

Warfare as hunting: a Byzantine strategy

Warfare should be viewed like hunting, according to the old Byzantine text on the art of warfare, the the Strategikon has some useful and timely advice on how really to … Continue reading

12 February, 2010 · Leave a comment