Rough Breathing Sisi

Tonight CBS' 60 Minutes is only now broadcasting a 4-month old interview with the balding Egyptian interloper. An unflattering entretien, it featured El-Sisi's pasty face and pig-like little black eyes. He looks increasingly uncomfortable at the questions, which were not shown to him beforehand, and soon is sweating profusely, even as he tries to maintain a supercilious…

The Lotus Eater

Somerset Maugham wrote a famous short story once called The Lotus Eater (here's an ad-free and almost typo-less version that you can read for nothing), about a 35-year old banker from London who chucked it all one day to go live on Capri on an annuity that would expire in 25 years, at which time…

The Elephant’s Memory

The prolific novelist and esteemed motor-cycle riding (which killed him, at the age of 49), rebel upstate New York university professor once wrote that the inferior writer writes derivatively -- or something along those lines. And if I were in the mood to write a derivative post today, I would pen some moody piece about…