Persians and Their Imperium: At World's End

For C.S., who recently remarked on the blog’s literary eclecticism. Warning – spoiler alert! This post reveals critical plot points of Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, The Foundation Trilogy. The riddle: Seldon said, “… It is enough for the moment that you know that a scientific refuge will be established on Terminus. And another will […]

Buckbeak in the Dock

For C.S., who provided me with the volume from which our opening case study is drawn. Buckbeak and His Defense Team In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the obnoxious and supercilious Draco Malfoy foolishly and boorishly insults Buckbeak the hippogriff, and instantly receives his richly deserved comeuppance: Trotting toward them were a dozen […]