Deep Thoughts

The Grand Illusion

My best books are the ones I haven’t written. They are not yet even in the larval stage,...

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The Pain Principle

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, ...

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The Pain Principle

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, ...

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Isis flag

Should it Be a Crime to Hurt Allah’s Feelings?

Is there any evidence in the past 50 years of anyone, anywhere being charged with a “...

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Fare-Minded

I have long admired taxi drivers. They are often well-informed and have a clear-eyed view ...

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Trust Your Neighbors

I hesitate to show myself in a good light"€”it seems so much more honest, somehow, to co...

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Assisted Dying Facility

The British Medical Journal reported last week that Dutch legislators are considering the ...

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Divorce Your Wife

As Louis C.K. says, "€œNo good marriage has ever ended in divorce."€ You made a go of...

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Prince Harry

Psychobabble On

One of Britain's royal princes has revealed to tens of millions of his closest and dearest...

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Look Around

A few years ago my wife and I planted some cherry trees on our land in France, and now the...

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Is That a Fact?

When I was young and writing history essays, I kept a store of useful quotations in my hea...

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Those Sweet, Surly Bonds of Earth

Why is it that all our heroes inevitably try to kill us? From Winston Churchill to Albert ...

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Articles of Faith

We should all like to know why some people become terrorists, other than for the most obvi...

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Reality Bites

"€œWhat we care about is permanent protection, dignity, and respect,"€ blurted out Al...