Cato the Blogger

Random, Largely Unrelated Musings

Why I’m Obsessed With HEMA (From a Distance)

I want to preface this post with a disclaimer: I have never done HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts). Despite having had a passive interest in it for some time, I have never actively pursued taking it up as a hobby.... Continue Reading →

Dante and the Search for Understanding

Three weeks ago, on a busy train speeding its way to Cambridge, Massachusetts, I finished the last book of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Wedged in between passengers with my backpack resting between my feet, I feverishly sped through the final... Continue Reading →

On History

“Why history?” There are certain college majors that always invite questions. If you say that you plan to major in Mechanical Engineering, people tend to understand why. It’s a fine profession with good pay and good hope for a future.... Continue Reading →

On Batman

You close your eyes and drift away from the homework and the social anxiety and the teenage sexual frustration. You open your eyes in a cartoon world, dark and vivid, with dramatic shadows popping into every frame. As you look... Continue Reading →

On Hamilton, OR, On How My Friend Sarah Was Right

I get it, I’m coming a little late to the party on this one. I did not jump on the Hamilton bandwagon the first time that it came around. Or the second. Or even the third. I had heard all,... Continue Reading →

On Pretension – Or – On the Importance of Being Ernest Scared Stupid

One of my resolutions for late 2016 and early 2017 has been to watch a new movie every week. It started out as a means of distracting myself on Sundays so that I could take my mind off of the... Continue Reading →

On Fight Scenes

I recently had the chance to watch the perfectly bland Kickboxer: Vengeance, which I had heard at one point billed as the breakout film for the great Mixed Martial Arts fighter Georges Saint Pierre. As Mr. Saint Pierre (Heretofore referred... Continue Reading →

On Hal

Once upon a time, I audited a class on Shakespeare. The professor was a brilliant former actor who gave passionate lectures to an almost comatose classroom. I enjoyed the class because I could come and go as I pleased, read... Continue Reading →

On Cato

As this is my first proper blog post ever, I thought it would only be appropriate to dedicate some time to discussing the inspiration for my pseudonym. I’ve used his name for dozens of different accounts on websites like Twitter... Continue Reading →

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