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

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

PATRICKLAWRENCE.US serves several purposes. It is an archive of the columns, commentary, and essays published under the bylines “Patrick L. Smith” or simply “Patrick Smith.” This work is now 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. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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                      ——Sam Francis

Recent pieces.

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16_0502 hillary_sanders8-620x412 We are all just this screwed: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and our muddled, perverted democracy - May 1, 2016 5:14 PM - Hillary will be the nominee this fall. Time to examine what Bernie achieved and how it might go different next time The consensus is not complete, but it will be soon enough. Bernie Sanders is not going to make it,...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump opposed Iraq. Hillary voted for war: Let’s take his foreign policy vision seriously - April 27, 2016 5:11 PM - Trump gets some things very wrong. But today’s speech was still daring, spot on and important contrast with Hillary Donald Trump on foreign policy. You start out thinking this is going to be roughly akin to George W. discoursing on,...

Cú Chulainn.

        Ah! now he is running down to the sea…
             holding up his sword…
        O! he is fighting the waves.
                      ——Yeats, On Baile’s Strand

Journal Entry - May 24, 2016 8:43 PM - NORFOLK, Conn.—A correspondent and later an editor named David Watts and I had—please note the tense—a friendship that stretched across the sky, it seems to me now. I treasured it and will say a few things about it here. It...
Journal Entry - May 5, 2016 6:31 PM - NORFOLK, Conn.—A moment this morning to share the moments of silence and reflection I and surely many others have spent since Dan Berrigan passed away last Saturday, April 30, at an infirmary for aging and ailing Jesuits on the campus...