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In lieu of actual human sacrifice, which secularists find too expressly religious to be enjoyed, the definition of (fill in the blank) will become far more vague and arbitrary, charges of (fill in the blank) will become far more common, and the penalty for (fill in the blank) will become far more extreme.

Regret (The Human Condition)

Just before he dies, in the few seconds beforehand, every man feels he has just inherited a measureless fortune. A hundred trillion dollars, let us say. Q: What does it feel like to die? A: Dying feels like learning you have inherited a hundred trillion dollars and then dying only a few seconds later.

Talented Mr.

My latest for CiRCE is a brief reflection on my unlikely love for Patricia Highsmith and all the nasty things that algorithms do to our ability to love beauty. Read it here.