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

Recent pieces.

Peace in Korea is possible: Talks between Trump and Kim Jong-un will define the future - April 22, 2018 1:50 PM - Foreign policy cliques in D.C. are eager to shut down this process: America’s choice is to join or risk isolation A few weeks ago, it was sensible to ask where the Trump administration intended to take the diplomatic process on...
Trump and allies approach World War III in Syria, on literally no evidence - April 15, 2018 2:30 PM - How much do we really know about the alleged chemical attack in Syria? Almost nothing. Has anyone noticed? “… to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack…” Do we all understand what is gravely wrong with this phrase?...
Italian writer Edoardo Nesi on the illusions of global capitalism: “We have lost our way” - April 8, 2018 2:02 PM - Novelist and essayist Edoardo Nesi tells the story of one city’s decline. It’s also the decline of our civilization We all know all about globalization and its consequences, to note the obvious. But how many of us know how well...

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 #30 - April 19, 2018 1:02 PM - Memory Without History. NORFOLK, CONN., APRIL 19—When I wrote a column about the Syria bombing a few days ago—filed midday Saturday, published Sunday morning—I argued for the imperative of doubt. It is our responsibility to question—to hold official accounts up...
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,...