“The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have, and therefore should be secured, because they seldom return again.”— John Locke, letter to Samuel Bold, May 16, 1699 (via historical-nonfiction)
The boss is a gay black guy. He doesn’t just “happen to be” those things; they affect his life in all kinds of ways; there was even an episode that was all about the discrimination that gay black police officers face. And yet he’s got a ton more going on…
I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.
Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.
”—George Washington’s Second Inaugural Address. Very different from today’s long, long, loooooong political speeches (via historical-nonfiction)
The David Gemmell Legend Award (named for the late and much-missed British fantasist David Gemmell) longlist has been posted, and any reader can vote (once) on a title to advance to the shortlist.
If you want to support The Republic of Thieves and you think it stacks up well against the field, you can do it (and me, and the award in general) a tremendous favor by taking the few moments necessary to vote. Just hit the VOTE button at the link above, select a book, and send the form. You don’t need to sign up for anything, cough up personal information, or agree to purchase a suspiciously large quantity of Austershalin Brandy.
Had no idea they had an award in honor of David Gemmell. Awesome.