Dec 032014

It takes a lot of time and trouble to write a bad book.

Dec 022014

Readers fall in love with villains because authors do.

Dec 012014


Magisterial: Pompous
Brilliant: Unreliable
Valuable: Trivial
Eccentric: Deranged
Classic: Dull
Formidable: Duller
Encyclopedic: Stupefying

Nov 282014

It is when we recognize our hopeless inadequacy at everything else that we discover our vocation.

Nov 272014

Any sufficiently naive use of the word “science” is indistinguishable from the word “magic.”

Nov 262014

It is futile to expect judges to uphold laws of which they disapprove when people refuse to believe anything they find unpleasant.

Nov 252014

The Dunning-Kruger effect is especially pronounced in people who know what the Dunning-Kruger effect is.

Nov 212014

Every logical fallacy is also a valid heuristic.

Nov 202014

Beware the Houyhnhnms. The Yahoos are of no consequence.