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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Recent pieces.

American global “leadership”: Under Trump, now less than ever - January 14, 2018 4:59 PM - On North Korea, Iran and Israel, the U.S. claims leadership. In fact, Trump is presiding over an inevitable decline I think about “U.S. leadership” a lot these days. Well, I have considered this topic more or less daily since the...
New hope on the Korean peninsula, believe it or not - January 7, 2018 1:26 PM - The two Koreas schedule direct talks to resolve the crisis, while the U.S. policy elite frets about a “wedge” Brace yourselves for the week now beginning. A rapid succession of events over the past few days suggests that an outbreak...
Seeing the unseen in Ukraine: Why is America sending arms? - December 31, 2017 3:55 PM - Unnoticed by the West, ceasefire talks continue, even as the Pentagon ships weapons to a corrupt Ukrainian regime It is difficult to see into the running Ukraine crisis, just as it is in the Syrian case. This has long been...

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, 
                              1892

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...