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.

The Unacknowledged Logic of North Korea’s Missile Tests - July 6, 2017 12:59 PM - We may not like it, but nuclear weapons may be all that stands in the way of another US-conducted “regime change.” Given that North Korea flooded the airwaves and the press during our July 4 rituals—which grow more objectionably militarist...
On Writers, the Media, and the Corruptions of Power - June 22, 2017 1:39 PM - Joel Whitney, whose book Finks is about the CIA’s subversion of US culture, talks about the scars left by the Cold War. In Part 1 of my exchange with Joel Whitney, conducted shortly after OR Books published Finks: How the CIA Tricked the...
How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers - May 31, 2017 1:26 PM - Joel Whitney talks about his book Finks, which exposes the agency’s corruption of American culture during the Cold War. “The past is a foreign country,” L.P. Hartley famously wrote as he opened The Go–Between. There is a pretty tristesse in...

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 - July 12, 2017 10:38 PM - Honorable actions. NORFOLK, CONN., 12 JULY—When I am made aware of people and the things they do such as the following, there is always some humiliation in it. I will be brief. I ought to have posted this days ago...
Journal Entry - June 26, 2017 3:47 PM - NORFOLK, CONN., June 26—We cannot read even our best correspondents and writers anymore should they dare to assume a perspective that deviates even minorly from the orthodoxy. In consequence, one gets into pointless discussions, maybe tipping toward argument, with perfectly...