Tag Archives: Swift’s Digression on Madness

The Origin, the Use, and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth

Sometimes it’s dim at the top. Anglophiles know that Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuart, was dumb as rock – but at least she didn’t flirt with Catholicism like her father, James II, who was thrown out … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It’s hard to explain an affinity for Jonathan Swift – the honors work in college and all the detailed work in graduate school. Swift was an odd duck, and an old duck – early eighteenth century. But there was something … Continue reading

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The Serene Peaceful State of Being a Fool Among Knaves

People believe all sorts of things. It’s kind of fun, or it keeps the panic at bay – there are some things you really want to believe, or know that you must believe. There’s a reason for everything, you know. … Continue reading

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Not Knowing, and Comfortable Not Knowing

One must be discreet, but one also must be honest, and mention the surreal when it pops up. So it was last Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach and late lunch with a highly-respected writer from Boston, with two books, and … Continue reading

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