Naimisha Forest

Scenes from two weddings

England and India

Silvrback blog imageThe first wedding was in England, at an 18th-century country house, set in an estate of some hundreds of acres of parkland and farms. No, I hadn’t been invited there by that dignified nobleman the Duke of Omnium.  Many such places now run from a spreadsheet, restored and rented out by the day for middle-class weddings, anniversary . . .

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April 27, 2018

American Virtù: Discourses by Michael Anton

Students of ‘intellectual Trumpism’ will be interested in parts of this recent interview with Michael Anton upon his leaving the National Security Council to take up a fellowship at Hillsdale College.  Under the pen name Publius Decius Mus, Anton was the author of probably the single most consequential political article . . .

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April 16, 2018


Yes, spring is here, or dashed close by, what? The sky's a light blue, with cotton-wool clouds, and there's a bit of a breeze blowing from the west. Uplifting! If I had yellow Silvrback blog imageshoes and a green homburg I'd go do pastoral dances in Hyde Park with dear old Bertie Wooster:

"Sir?" said Jeeves. He had been clearing away the breakfast things, . . .

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March 26, 2018

Reaching for Heaven on Netflix

'I don't feel at home in this world anymore'

Silvrback blog imageI am always late to pop cultural happenings. The movie I don’t feel at home in this world anymore won the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Grand Dramatic Jury Prize in January 2017, but I discovered and saw it only the other night, in some obscure basement at Netflix.

Looking up the movie reviews,  I was astonished that not . . .

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March 16, 2018

Towards the Korean Century?

That President Trump will meet Kim Jong Un to negotiate over North Korea’s nuclear program is news not only astonishing but auspicious – promising of success. South Silvrback blog imageKorea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong met Kim on Monday and conveyed Kim’s offer to the White House last night:

“I explained to . . .

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March 09, 2018

New York Times unsure about democracy

The New York Times editorializes on the Italian election: “Demagogues win as Europe’s populist tide sweeps Italy.”

Silvrback blog imageDemagogues?  In its modern pejorative sense, a demagogue is one who seeks power by exploiting the prejudices of the mob. But in the original 5th century BCE Greek usage a demagogue could also be simply . . .

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March 07, 2018

Red Wednesday

I first got an inkling that the Islamic Revolution will fail when I read about the popular Silvrback blog imageChaharshanbe Suri  - red or fiery Wednesday - festival in Iran.  Chaharshanbe Suri is on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz, the Iranian new year, in March. People build bonfires in alleys and on street corners. They leap over the . . .

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March 03, 2018


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