Go on! Challenge that bully!

A friend and running fanatic (Partha) once told me a story about one of his friends (let’s call him Jake). Jake is one of those annoyingly gifted athletes — excellent at whatever sport he played. Needless to say, he routinely beat Partha at every sport they played. When Partha moved back to India and sometime …

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Temper passion with wisdom, my son

In Sackett’s Land (first of the 17-volume Sackett series) Ivo Sackett (father of Barnabas Sackett) giving some sage advice to his son… “You will see many women, and often you  will think yourself in love, but temper passion  with wisdom, my son, for sometimes the glands  speak louder than the brain. Each man owes a  …

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How the West was Lost – Short Version

I grew up on a diet of  Wild West novels and a dominant American narrative that celebrated the victory of the white man against the native American Indian. It was always about how the West was “won.” The turning point in my thinking occurred in 1996 when I was lucky enough to attend a lecture …

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The need for political skepticism

Nobody reads essays anymore, especially those from the early twentieth-century era. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that the large majority of our “pulp library” is still in California (most of the books are in my sister’s garage and some in my cousin’s attic).  If you want to know how unconventional …

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In which the very same Ephraim Trout waxes eloquent on marriage

Ephraim Trout is a highly competent lawyer and one of the founding members of Bachelors Anonymous – a Los Angeles-based circle of luminaries whose charter is to ensure that men remain bachelors. Earlier in the story, Trout argues ardently against marriage. A mere day later, after an unexpected encounter with a woman, Trout falls in …

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In which Ephraim Trout argues against marriage…

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have discovered Wodehouse early in your life, this extract from one of his classics, Bachelors Anonymous, might remind you that there’s no such thing as ‘too much’ Wodehouse. If, on the other hand, your education has hitherto been incomplete, I bid you to make haste and get yourself a …

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