Friday, January 27, 2023



Novels on the Holocaust

  • The Wall by John Hersey
  • Life with a Star by Jiri Weil
  • Treblinka by Jean-Fran├žois Steiner
  • Mendelssohn is on the Roof by Jiri Weil
  • All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
  • The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27


Instincts and Explanations

One explanation was short, convenient, and wrong. 

Another was lengthy, complicated, and deceptive. 

Listen to your instincts. If something does not seem to add up, it probably doesn't. 

Bureaucracy and Excellence

 Reason magazine: The results of a diversity plan in New York City.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Bach Break


Real Education

A petition for a Pro-Human Approach to the DC Social Studies Standards. You do not need to be a DC resident to sign it.

You Can Always Use a Dinosaur Movie


American Nomenklatura

Commentary magazine: Eli Lake on what the Twitter files show

An excerpt:

The existence of this nomenklatura has been known for a few years. But thanks to Musk and his decision to make Twitter’s internal communications and policies available to journalists Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, and others, more detail is now known on why and how this elite endeavors to protect us from all manner of wrongthink.

First Paragraph

The owl flew screaming from the barn, its wingtips bright with flame. For a moment, silhouetted against the blank sky, it was a dying angel, scorched by its own divinity, and then it was just a sooty husk, dropping like an anvil into the nearby trees. He wondered if it would set the wood ablaze. But the trees were thickly layered with snow, and any spark that survived the fall would be smothered on contact. He turned back to the barn in time to see the roof collapse, and a cloud of dust burst upwards. Kind of beautiful, if you liked that sort of thing. This must be what got arsonists stoked.

- From Joe Country by Mick Herron