Cave Art, Leang Bulu’Sipong 4, Sulawesi, via Nature Magazine

Notes on Art History


WC, to the dismay of a number of his undergraduate classmates, has never been especially interested in either anthropology or archaeology. Partly it’s because WC believes the history of humankind on the planet can be tracked by extinction events in the natural world. WC finds history depressing enough without studying prehistory. Partly it’s just that…

Bierce Nails It

And On a Personal Note


WC has been a lawyer for 44 years, 1975-2019. Across three law firms and a solo shop, WC has represented a cross-section of Alaska’s worst and best. It’s still mind-boggling that for forty-four years smart people have paid WC serious money for his advice. But it won’t be 45 years. Because WC will be retiring…

Part of Flanders Field Cemetery and Memorial

Veteran’s Day and Armistice Day


(This is a re-post, explaining WC’s ambivalence to Veteran’s Day, first posted back in 2012.) WC’s maternal grandfather served in France in World War I. He wanted nothing to do with Veteran’s Day. He regarded it as a cheapening, a betrayal of Armistice Day. He solemnly, sometimes tearfully, celebrated Armistice Day with a minute of…

Beer Can Collection, April 1974

That Time Mike Royko Called


When WC was accepted to Northwestern Law School in 1972, he only knew two things about the Second City: the police riot he had seen on national television during the 1968 Democratic Convention, hosted in Chicago, and what WC had read in Mike Royko’s excellent book, “Boss,” which was mostly about Hizzoner, Richard J. Daley.…