"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. "...
One advantage of being a veteran writer is this experience: You will receive a message from a reader who has just read something you wrote long ago. Sometimes it is to correct your spelling or grammar. But, most of the time, the reader liked it or learned something from it and has reached out to let you know. That rush I get now and then from a single reader was multiplied recently by the news from the journal Creative Nonfiction that an essay of mine ranked #3 among the most read pieces on their website for 2015. What made this news amazing and delightful is that the essay was first published in 2001.
‘The Line Between Fact and Fiction’ revisited
Separation of Powers: An Overview. Matthew E. Glassman, Analyst on the Congress. January 8, 2016. “Congress’s role and operation in national politics is fundamentally shaped by the design and structure of the governing institution in the Constitution
In the 1970s and '80s, he and his older brother, John, operated an auction house in North Sydney under the name Spectrum Art Enterprises. Webeck was chirpy, with a mischievous grin never far away, and he soon became a familiar identity at art sales. With no grandiose designs on the art business despite his background, he frequented the secondary rooms in Sydney and also sent pictures to Melbourne for sale. Few Sydney auctions were conducted without his involvement and he was a supplier to auctions in both capitals. Legacy of Art Dealers in Sydney and Beyond ...
*Looking up by jimmy
* Early morning cappuccino by Artistic Photography: James Webeck
Ishiguro's new novel, The Buried Giant (Dragon), is concerned with forgetting ...
Ireland: the Tax Haven that Dare Not Speak Its Name / £117 billion needs to be better spent
A hidden network of hidden wealth
Heathrow is under fire for paying just £24 million in tax while paying its owners £2 billion / Heathrow UK corporation tax bill compared to dividends
Warsaw’s EU spat stalls German-Polish engine Politico
Poland is backsliding on democracy, and the EU is powerless to stop it Slate