The Lonesome Death of Cicerone Ionitoiu

As I described in exhaustive detail in The Black Hole of Romania, it doesn’t take a shadowy cabal to censor the news, only a virulent form of cultural blindness. I lost half an hour of my life on Sunday (January 26) watching the 7:00 pm news broadcast of ProTV, which devoted their entire coverage to…

Die Stadt Bukarest ist von meinen Truppen besetzt

In working on my iPad book (which had some technical errors and needed to be re-submitted – should be ready soon!), I was reminded of the curious fact that Iaşi was the capital of all of Romania from 1916-1918. That’s an interesting piece of trivia but quite frankly I never knew why the government left…

The Franchise

Many moons ago when the grass was greener and the waters were sweet, I briefly worked at an American fast food restaurant called Wendy’s. It’s essentially identical to McDonald’s, selling hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, French fries and carbonated sugar drinks (soda). While it’s often derided as work that’s just flipping burgers, I actually never “graduated”…

Shit or be Shat Upon

Due to an openly admitted work by another person hereby linked officially on this blog article that I found this morning, I also was informed that the selfsame article had been concisely rendered into Romanian by Adevarul newspaper. Quite frankly, I’ll say on the outset I am a little jealous. The one truly Romanian experience…

Trouble at the Tropeycabana

With all due apologies to Longfellow, hardly a person is now alive who remembers that day in 1977 before the movie “Star Wars” was first shown in theaters. Quite simply put, the studio bosses and everyone else expected it to be a moderately successful picture for children, at least enough to recoup the cost overruns…

Degeaba eu am aici de toate

If you ever decide that writing is for you, one of your passions, and you want to do it on a website and turn it into a job and make lots of money doing it, do not follow my example! But if you write because you have to, because it is in your heart, then…

The Ghost of Simonides

There are plenty of daily tragedies ongoing in Romania, especially the chronic mismanagement of this country’s government and natural resources, as I have documented at length elsewhere. But for me one of the greatest standing tragedies in this country is that the classical philosophy texts of Ancient Greece are not part of the curriculum and…