Piet Hein’s poems are like waking up to 18 unexpected inches of snow and school’s canceled

A question as I read Collected Grooks I, by Piet Hein, concerned the language of authorship. Were they written in Danish or English? The rhymes are so ingenious, and some of the old forms of words so specific, that they couldn’t have been translated from Danish to English. Or was I wrong? Now that I’ve finished… More Piet Hein’s poems are like waking up to 18 unexpected inches of snow and school’s canceled

Putting the screws to climate alarmists requires screws with sharp points

Alex Epstein has done a useful thing by writing The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, published last year by Portfolio/Penguin. He links fossil fuel consumption to our high quality of life and exposes the fraudulence of Amory Lovins, Paul Erlich, Bill McKibben, John Holdren, and James Hansen–alarmists whose predictions of doom haven’t quite been realized. While reading the book, I was reminded… More Putting the screws to climate alarmists requires screws with sharp points

Weeding through books closes the trail on ‘Sexual Pathways’

Because I’m pretty much finished working on my landscaping project, which is a wintertime thing (it’s now heating up in the Palm Springs area), I’ve started doing some spring cleaning and rearranging inside. It is now exactly two years since I bought this house.  When I moved in, I dropped bookshelves here and there and loaded… More Weeding through books closes the trail on ‘Sexual Pathways’

People from 99 countries visited Baggy Paragraphs in 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,300 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many… More People from 99 countries visited Baggy Paragraphs in 2014

What the Wall Street Journal Missed by Omitting My ‘Twelve Months of Reading’ Roundup

Once again the Wall Street Journal has neglected to include me among the fifty people who recount highlights from their past year’s reading. Maybe this oversight should come as a relief because, as usual, I bought more books than I read, most recently a friend’s automotive journalism title. At his book signing, I met a… More What the Wall Street Journal Missed by Omitting My ‘Twelve Months of Reading’ Roundup