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Random, Largely Unrelated Musings

Listening to “Nothing,” Benedick and Beatrice

William Shakespeare was, if anything, probably the greatest adapter of other works who has ever lived. Very few of Shakespeare’s plays are original plots, and his most famous pieces are all either retellings of other stories or dramatizations of history.... Continue Reading →

In Praise of the Bowtie

Recently Guy Ritchie, one of my favorite directors, went onto the podcast the Joe Rogan Experience to publicize his new film.  During their discussion of film-making, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and their shared affection for custom knives, Rogan started ribbing his guest... Continue Reading →

In Jerusalem, Within the Ancient Walls

About two years ago I was talking to a good friend of mine about all of his plans for future travel . He rattled off the usual suspects like Rome and Paris, and then threw out a couple less well-known... Continue Reading →

Poems to Live By

There's something strange about quotations and motivational sayings.  They are typically just a brief snapshot into some more complex work or topic, yet they transfix us somehow.  I saw a great post a while back that was a picturesque image... Continue Reading →

Thursday Night’s Alright for Fighting

It’s Thursday night in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym, and there’s a feeling of anticipation in the air. It’s what the gym manager jokingly calls, “Fight Night,” when the last hour of class is dedicated just to sparring. All around the... Continue Reading →

Saruman: A Tragedy of Pettiness

As I mentioned in my post last week, I had the opportunity to listen to the excellent audio books of The Lord of the Rings narrated by Robert Ingliss. It was wonderful to get to live in this world that... Continue Reading →

Concerning Hobbits: A Letter to My Past Self

Concerning Hobbits A few weeks ago I decided to listen to J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, foundational, Lord of the Rings trilogy on audio book. It was probably my third time reading the books, and probably my second listening to them. I... Continue Reading →

Just the Way You Are

It’s Easter this weekend, so between family obligations and general merrymaking I don’t have much time to write. While I have a couple of pieces I’ve been meaning to put together for weeks now, I thought that I would keep... Continue Reading →

Living in the Past

I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I studied history in college, and I went into detail about why I enjoyed that. In my experience, when people learn that you love history they tend to have one of... Continue Reading →

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