The Master and Le Guide

“‘I’m going to be strict, but fair.’ That’s what all teachers say at the beginning of the year,” a friend once complained to me. Well, this year I’m going to do better than that. Recently I was out with the wife for Date Night – this is what it’s come to etc – and she was […]

Independence Days

I’m reading Congo: the Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck. I learned of it from this intriguing New York Times review, which opens with Maréchal Mobutu’s “both Pythonesque and distressing” foray into space exploration: (The above uncharitably reminds me of the joke about the proposed subtitle for the film about Wernher von Braun, I Aim at […]