Drollery Archive

The Swift Test

Posted January 29, 2016 By John C Wright

I propose a new psychological test based on which race of satirical characters from GULLIVER’S TRAVELS one might be: Lilliputian — petty and vicious Brobdingnagian — magnanimous but contemptuous of mankind Laputan — clumsy, dazed and impractical intellectual, fearful of comets and other unreal problems, often cuckolded Balnibarbi — even more impractical intellectuals, wasteful, fussy, […]

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If I have my own Meme, Am I famous?

Posted October 27, 2015 By John C Wright

Someone brought this to my wife’s attention on Facebook. It is embarrassing that I was reading this quote, and was struck by how august and wise it was, until I looked down and saw who wrote it. 

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My Invasions Plans

Posted October 21, 2015 By John C Wright

This column originally appeared at Meme Therapy, a site long since defunct. I re-post it here in case some reader had not seen it and wanted to. The question in bold was asked of several authors: my answer (with illustrations!) is below: We apologize for the inconvenience, but the planet Earth is scheduled for alien invasion. […]

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Reply from the Chinese Sage

Posted October 19, 2015 By John C Wright

Guest Post from Nostreculsus. Alas, I lost the answers for question 6 through 10. The words below are his: My apologies if this post is a bit long, but after reading the comments of the patrician Roman and of the Christian, I ventured to ask a Chinese sage about Mr Lombardi’s code of life. How does […]

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Wright Alien Megastructure Hypothesis

Posted October 15, 2015 By John C Wright

Another discovery, equally astonishing as the discovery of the God-destroying magnetic brain wave mentioned in an earlier column in his space: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/15/the-strange-star-that-has-serious-scientists-talking-about-an-alien-megastructure/ KIC 8462852 is a distant star 1,481 light-years away from Earth with … a very unusual flickering habit. Something was making the star dim drastically every few years, and she [Yale University astronomer Tabetha […]

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Modern Man, Monster Man

Posted October 10, 2015 By John C Wright

Larry Correia, that man among men, the Mountain Who Writes, goes to town to trample an insolent papsmear writing in the New York Times who has the effrontery to tell men what a modern man’s manliness consists of. Mr Correia is both heartfelt and hilariously funny, and the terrible tread of his footfalls of mockery indeed leave […]

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It seems the time has come again. Here is  a reprint of a post from 2011, explaining the famous Space Princess equation, and also explaining the difference between science and science fiction flavored daydreams. —————————————————- A reader whom I will, for the sake of anonymity, refer to merely as ‘Curmudgeon’ (albeit his real name is […]

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A reprint of three columns, which I reprint here in one place in order to offer timely advice about titles: The esteemed Mike Flynn (who has never written a book entitled Wreck of the Country of the River of the Blind Stars) has written an article entitled “Entitlement”, and yours truly as well as real science fiction authors […]

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Science and Schism

Posted September 16, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader put forward the idea that the Protestant Reformation, allegedly by challenging the Christian desire for unity in dogma that hitherto differentiated Christians from pagans, allowed for freedom of inquiry in Protestant nations, and created or perhaps only encouraged the birth of science. This is an old, old slander, and one that was popular […]

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Poetry Corner

Posted August 26, 2015 By John C Wright

Lines to a Don By Hilaire Belloc Remote and ineffectual Don That dared attack my Chesterton, With that poor weapon, half-impelled, Unlearnt, unsteady, hardly held, Unworthy for a tilt with men— Your quavering and corroded pen; Don poor at Bed and worse at Table, Don pinched, Don starved, Don miserable; Don stuttering, Don with roving […]

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