The Mississippi Bubble – Long Excerpt

From Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay, 1841

(Slightly edited. For the complete book, go to Project Gutenberg.)


In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. Continue reading

The answer to “Play the game of fake or real”

In reference to the post: Play the game of real or fake
All the vintage board games in the top position in the photos were painted by painter Tim Liddy.

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Junk mail hater plays a little hoax

Junk mail hater plays a little hoaxGet out of my mail!
A man in Michigan was so tired of getting magazine offers in the mail that he sent a return letter with an obscene note telling them to take him off the mailing list. Continue reading

Huck Finn and the Two Grifters – 2,200 Word Excerpt

When Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885, it was attacked for its rough language and themes, its disrespect for authority, and for not being "uplifting." Twain uses the "n-word" casually throughout Huckleberry Finn to criticize the racism of his day. Continue reading

Emma Zunz by Jorge Luis Borges

Emma Zunz by Jorge Luis Borges
Returning home from the Tarbuch and Loewenthal textile mills on the 14th of January, 1922, Emma Zunz discovered in the rear of the entrance hall a letter, posted in Brazil, which informed her that her father had died. Continue reading

“Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.”

"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men."– Matthew Arnold, the poem Sohrab and Rustum – An Episode (1853)
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“Hell is truth seen too late.”

"Hell is truth seen too late."– Anatole France