The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.

— Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

Guilty as charged. I will doggedly charge through four hundred pages of cannon-fodder prose in order to pillage a useful idea, quotation, or reference. The jewels of Nietzsche’s aphorisms, Chesterton’s essays, and various works of history and philosophy will be crudely stitched into my bearskin cloak to display my barbarian erudition. Like severed heads on pikes, I like to post quotations from an array of authors around the borders of my territory here. Behold my fearsome literary prowess! Quake, my enemies!