Life in General
Q & A
Aug 8, 2019
North Cascades, a mile from the Canadian border near Mount Shuksan
Aug 2, 2019
Night paddle, north Lopez Island, WA
Jul 28, 2019
In the North Cascades north of Roslyn, WA
Jun 6, 2019
On Sauk Mountain, Skagit River, WA
May 17, 2019
The time traveler’s dilemma and techno-cultural prejudice
What if you had to move – not to another city or country but to either the future or the past? I ran across this Rawlesian thought...
Mar 1, 2019
Those who would be king
Authoritarianism is on the rise … measurably. Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton has said that one of the most fundamental...
Feb 28, 2019
The brutal irony of brutalised Brutalists
In this article in the Guardian on the subject of famous “Brutalist” buildings under threat from demolition, I note with interest and...
Dec 17, 2018
Over dinner in London, a fascinating discussion is launched by my American friend John A., who has been in-country for months but is...
Oct 11, 2018
Pry social media from your own trembling hands?
Should you place a hood over the evil Facebook, blast Twitter out of its tree, and rip up all your Instagrams? You really should,...
Aug 24, 2018
Speaking as a human being; on identity (politics) and intersectionality.
Excellent Op-Ed in the New York Times from a couple of weeks ago by (my once-upon-a-time teacher) Kwame Anthony Appiah, applying his...
Aug 22, 2018
A Dad named Denis(ova)
Not an actual picture of the individual in question Fascinating – working in the Russian cave where bones of Denisovans were first found,...
Mar 22, 2018
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scanda l (an extraordinarily ugly story for the age of Trump), I have deleted my Facebook account....
Aug 22, 2017
Road trip to the dark side of the Sun
After a drive from Seattle to L.A., straight down I-5, I took a more easterly, more scenic route home through a swath of America I’d...
Jan 7, 2016
“Are you religious?”
No. I was brought up in the Church of England, and I loved (and still love) the language and the music. But when I was 14 I realized...