Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

PATRICKLAWRENCE.US serves several purposes. As an archive of the columns, commentary, and essays, it makes this work available in one place for the first time. The site also introduces my books and provides readers or those with professional queries several ways to connect. You can help sustain the work via Patreon. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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                      ——Sam Francis

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Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? - February 18, 2018 12:41 AM - Benjamin Netanyahu has set Israel, and the entire Middle East, on a path toward doomsday. Will his fall matter? The political future of Benjamin Netanyahu is at last in doubt. With the Israeli police report recommending criminal charges against the...
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More than a muckraker: Robert Parry believed in the possibilities of our craft - February 4, 2018 4:30 PM - A legendary reporter who broke the Iran-contra story, Bob Parry left the mainstream media and blazed his own path When news of Robert Parry’s death reached me a week ago, I had to stop working for a long time. I...

Cú Chulainn.

        Cú Chulainn stirred,
        Stared on the horses of the sea, and heard
        The cars of battle and his own name cried;
        And fought with the invulnerable tide.
                       ——Yeats, Cú Chulainn’s Fight with the  Sea, 

Journal Entry #29 - January 19, 2018 1:34 PM - Long ago in another place, and now. NORFOLK, CONN., JANUARY 19— The address of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hongkong is No. 1, Lower Albert Road. It actually sits at the top of Ice House Street, and the building was,...
Journal Entry #28 - December 29, 2017 2:04 PM - Non, je ne regrette rien. GREENVILLE, S. CAROLINA, DECEMBER 28— It is important to view difficult years for what they are, I’m moved to note as this one passes into the past. The hardships and setbacks are often mixed with...