Ambrose Bierce Weighs In


A comment by Notellin reminded WC of a couple of Ambrose Bierce stories that are on point: His Fly-Speck Majesty A Distinguished Advocate of Republican Institutions was seen pickling his shins in the ocean. “Why don’t you come out on dry land?” said the Spectator. “What are you in there for?” “Sir,” replied the Distinguished…

Simple Solutions


There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken, New York Evening Mail, November 16, 1917, and reprinted in Prejudices: Second Series (1920). WC calls this “Mencken’s Law.” Nothing has changed in the 93 years since Mencken made his point. And we get reminded of it in each and…