You cannot have a contemporary prison without contemporary furniture.

Oct 082014

Shame seems to have peaked as a verb just when it has disappeared as a noun.

Jul 252014

Attacks on greatness rain uselessly on civilization’s outer walls; praise for mediocrity bores from within.

Jul 102014

The height of a civilization can be judged by its mathematics and its music.

Jul 082014

In a democratic age manners and mores spread from top to bottom, then from bottom back to top.

Jul 042014

Behind the insult “calculating” a whole moral history of humanity lies hidden.

Jun 102014

A civilization with elaborate manners is already half-dead.

May 212014

An electronic device that tracked your location at all times used to be a condition of parole.

May 162014

Rudeness is often permissible and sometimes mandatory.