By The Englishman, last week:
“It’s my Birthday and the pub is open extra hours, what could possibly go wrong?”
I haven’t heard back from him since…
So much for hippies:
“In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance.
“In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” — Orson Welles as Harry Lime, The Third Man
From the inimitable Sarah Hoyt:
“Humans don’t do well with no limits and nothing to strive against, and in a society where abundance does not supply the sharp sting of lack or the fear of death, we need to have other things to test ourselves against.”