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. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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                      ——Sam Francis

Recent pieces.

Trump’s Next Challenge: Russia Returns to Afghanistan - March 24, 2017 1:28 PM - America’s 16-years in Afghanistan has so far resulted in 2,216 dead soldiers, 20,049 casualties, and an estimated $800 billion in direct war costs — not including veterans’ health and pension payments that could reach $400 billion before it’s all over....
Famine Could Kill 20 Million in Africa and Yemen—Why the Deafening Silence? - March 24, 2017 1:21 PM - As with the threat to kick 24 million off health care here, unchecked power is bringing humanity to a grave crisis. Two striking stories, back to back, come our way as spring arrives. I cannot get either out of my...
Tillerson’s Asia Trip Could Signal the End US Soft Diplomacy - March 17, 2017 12:25 PM - It was clear as soon as Rex Tillerson arrived in Tokyo late Wednesday that the new secretary of state’s first trip to Asia could turn out to be a mission impossible. In a six-day tour of three nations, the unproven...

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 - January 9, 2017 3:00 PM - NORFOLK, Conn., January 9—A new year, a new time—though I won’t say “a new era.” This incessant insistence among the liberals that “this isn’t normal”—meaning all that proceeds from Donald Trump’s victory last November 8th—is sheer nonsense. What does one...
Journal Entry - July 5, 2016 3:17 PM - GALÁPAGOS—I can tell you a few facts about these nowhere-else-on-earth islands, but it would be impossible adequately to describe the experience of wandering for a week among them. Providing one pays attention, one leaves at the end of a time...