Back to the Classical Period

stone-portrait“I’m working on this book on the trial of Socrates. It started out with the idea of the problem of freedom of thought…and expression…I started by spending a year on the English Seventeenth Century Revolutions, and I had a fascinating time. And then I felt I couldn’t understand the English Seventeenth Century Revolutions without understanding the Reformation. When I got to the Reformation, I felt that I had to understand the premonitory movements that began in the Middle Ages. When I got there, I felt I had to understand the classical period.” – journalist I.F. Stone in his late 70s (quoted in Andrew Patner, I. F. Stone: A Portrait, p. 21)

A Study in Pink

maxresdefaultRecently, I rewatched the first episode of the first series of the BBC series Sherlock, A Study in Pink. It’s loosely based on A.C. Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. I’m an avid Sherlockian and have been eager to revisit some of the older episodes.

The episode was originally broadcast just over six years ago and I’m happy to report that it stands the “try it again in a few years” test. The introduction of Mycroft is masterful and will probably never grow old. The appeal of this episode was also heightened due to the fact that I am almost finished a book on forensics.

Here are some further resources which viewers (and potential viewers) of A Study in Pink may find fascinating:


A Study in Scarlet

Books Finished, July 2016

(2 paper books, 1 ebook, 3 audio books)

The Party of Donald Trump

“From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character….Evasion and cowardice has prevailed over conscience. We are now, and shall indefinitely remain, the Party of Donald Trump.”

– Chris Ladd, Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago who just resigned his post. See his entire letter.

Books Finished in June 2016

(1 paper book, 3 ebooks, 3 audio books)


Today, Second Nature Journal has featured my poem, Demagogue.

May 2, 2016 | Posted in: Poetry Comments Closed

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