A name is just a name (a conversational exploration of Chapter 1 of the Tao Te Ching)

The following is inspired by Chapter 1 of the Tao Te Ching. Our translation of the entire text can be found for free online here, and as an e-book, here. You know, don’t you, that a name is just a name? There are, after all, millions of Johns in the world, and thousands on thousands … Continue reading

“Ain’t never gonna be what it was.”

Season 2 of The Wire is often lamented by fans as the weakest in the series. This complaint, I think, arises due to the viewer’s sudden immersion in the strange and remote world of the Baltimore docks. Whereas the coming seasons exploring the school system or the newspaper mesh seamlessly with the Baltimore we were … Continue reading