CÚ CHULAINN.

Patrick Lawrence’s online journal.

Journal Entry #40

NORFOLK, CONN., JANUARY 16—A couple of good pieces of news come this way on an otherwise gray, bleak winter’s day. I thought I might share them with Cú Chulainn’s readers. Last autumn I published one of my long Q&A exchanges,…

Journal Entry #39

Trump, Syria, and his minders: A yearend surprise. NORFOLK, CONN., DECEMBER 31—What an unexpected turn of events the terrible year now ending has delivered. It is not very Christmas-y, but there may be a gift in it—a big one, indeed….

Journal Entry #38

Journal Entry #38

NORFOLK, CONN., OCTOBER 24—Last summer I was honored to be invited to speak at an annual event in a very special place. The Star Island International Affairs Conference has been convening for a century of so on one of the…

Journal Entry #37

Nature boy. NORFOLK, CONN., JULY 15— For no obvious reason at all, I share a simple pleasure on a very fine Sunday afternoon. If there is a thought behind it that fits into words, it is only that we must…

Journal Entry #36

Letters from a Reader and Friend. NORFOLK, CONN., JUNE 22—I am blessed with some loyal readers, among whom one or two or three stand out for their encouragement of the work, their support of the work, and a certain kind…

Journal Entry #35

A Second Pair of Eyes. LAKE WARAMAUG, CONN., JUNE 10—I do not know exactly when it was I realized what I had been doing all those years in Asia as a paid observer, an officially sanctioned outsider, someone who made…

Journal Entry #34

Epistle to the Australians. NORFOLK, CONN., MAY 31—Every time I pick up an edition of Quarterly Essay I envy Australians. It is published by Black Inc., a book publisher with discerning judgment, in Carlton, near Melbourne, and is among the…

Journal Entry #33

Journal Entry #33

Two Unserious Ladies. NORFOLK, CONN., MAY 20—I have been thinking off and on lately about Gina Haspel. It is difficult to keep this odious person from one’s mind, much as one would like to: A known torturer (and unprosecuted felon…

Journal Entry #32

Clear and Present Danger. NORFOLK, CONN., MAY 2—I am not alone in lauding the historic summit last week in Korea and seeing in the Kim–Moon encounter at the 38th parallel a genuine chance to achieve a durable peace in Northeast…

Journal Entry #31

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…