Obama and W.

And we imagine that the two are diametrically opposed, that they represent ideologically mutually exclusive political positions. They are flip-sides of the same coin; one political minting.

To Essay Civilization

The advance of literacy is collateral with the best advances in civilization. We have lost just how much writing is wound up in the advances of civilization . . . the pen, not the sword or the gun. Montaigne, anyone. His essays . . .  Les Essais . . ., essayer in French means to try, to test . . . herein ideas, dimensions of the Self. I test myself; I often do not know what I think until I write.