I’ve written previously, way back in November about the fact that what we were watching was a coup in slow motion. I’d mentioned that what was happening, had it been exhibited in any other country, would be denounced. What was happening was fundamentally un-American in nature. I’d written that what Donald Trump had attempted in those early days, those middle weeks of November 2020 after the election on 7 November, was America’s first coup attempt. At the time when I wrote it, I had genuinely hoped that time and the course of events would prove me wrong. …


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I’ve found that whenever people write about writing, they do so from a position of superiority. Where they think they have all the answers for you, simply because they believe that what worked for them, is the be all and end all of what must work for all writers. I hate to say it, but that’s not true. What works for one person, does not work for everyone. Nor will their magic pill somehow make you a better writer or a more prolific one, or what have you. …


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On 7 November 2020, Joseph R Biden crossed the threshold of 270 electoral votes. By 8 November, Biden had earned 279 electoral votes. In the span of 24 hours, the Democratic candidate and now president-elect had gone from a narrow and perhaps technical victory in the electoral college to a convincing and irrefutable one that mirrored exactly, in numbers, Donald Trump’s own “landslide” victory in 2016.

Between 8PM EST on 3 November when the polls closed, and approximately 11:30AM EST on 7 November, there was a legitimate uncertainty surrounding the results, due to postal delays, backlogs surrounding the early vote…


Les Romains de la décadence, by Thomas Couture (1847)

America’s recent social failures are fundamentally indicative of social and cultural decadence. It has become a victim of its own successes, and has grown complacent and indifferent. As a society, as a culture, America has decided that it has reached a zenith where there is nothing more without, and that now, it has become endlessly fascinated by a sort of insular navel-gazing. It has become reductive, it has become uncreative and nostalgic in its most fundamental of natures. Society has taken on a self-interested sort of preservative quality.

But what is decadence exactly? What is it really? …


The assassination of the Archduke of Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, set in motion a spiral of events that led to the deaths of some twenty million across Europe and the wounding of over twenty-three million more. The scale of destruction was, heretofore, unrivaled in European history, and was matched only by the Second World War, twenty years later. One death set off four years of war. The six assassins and their several conspirators engaged in the plot of 28 June had not, initially, intended to kill the Archduke. But as opportunity presented itself, the man proved to be…


Gavrilo Princip shooting Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg, by Achille Beltrame. From the 12 July 1914 edition of Domenica del Corriere.

The Sarajevo assassination almost didn’t succeed. While the popular story of the assassination is that of a dejected, sandwich-eating Gavrilo Princip fortuitously salvaging a series of failed attempts on the life of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914 is the popular image, it is a false image. That tale, of sandwiches and sadness, is entirely the fabrication of Jô Soares in Twelve Fingers. But the fact remains that of the six men on the initial route, not one of them succeeded in their initial plot, though Nedeljko Čabrinović did manage to throw his bomb and wound a…

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