A TDE reader referred me to a David Warren piece. David used to write for Gilbert Magazine, back before the days I became editor. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed his work.
Great line from that Warren piece: "We are materialists and utilitarians and, by extension, bureaucrats." There's a wallop of philosophy in that simple line.
Remembering Warren made me think of another writer at Gilbert Magazine that I enjoyed: John Robson. We "canned" him because, given constraints on his time, he could only give us reprints. We loved his stuff, though, so it was a tough decision to make, but the board thought we should be running only original stuff, since, among other reasons, we already ran so many GKC reprints (for obvious reasons). Robson's ongoing output can apparently be found here. I've bookmarked it for future reference.
"The most-recent The Week that Perished" isn't good as the past couple, but still worth a read. Excerpt:
On June 28, at least three gun-and-bomb-toting men stormed Istanbul's main airport and left 44 people dead and another 200+ injured. Never mind that Turkey has incredibly restrictive gun laws. Never mind that Donald Trump was spotted nowhere near the scene. Never mind that at least this time around, homosexuality had nothing to do with the attack. Keep repeating to yourself that these escalating attacks have NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM.