Essays at Troynovant:
mining the prismatic
veins of Knowledge;
listed by Title, M-Z Essayer's instruments

What cannot be said crisply in an aphorism, or developed concisely in an essay, or documented thoroughly in a treatise — may be blared in an avalanche of detail with exquisitely tangled logic, to the multitude.
The Sly Tyrant
Maxims for Despots
from The Sly Tyrant's Handbook

<=  Essays by Title, A-L

Marriage is Lava!
  Who We Are, Together
SE Jordan
Microwaves, Lasers & Glue
  The Non-Lethal Weapons Update
S Farrell
Model T Ford
WR Franson
Move the Stones of Rome to Rise
  Hearing Mark Antony
RW Franson

Nazi-Communist Partnership
  Elective Affinities, Offensive Alliances
RW Franson
Null-A series
  A. E. van Vogt
RW Franson

O Captain My Captain SE Jordan
Of Cats and Freaks K Spell
On a Screen, Darkly
  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    contrasted with —
  Man som hatar kvinnor
WH Stoddard
On Blake's 'The Tyger' A Karra
On Being Part Native SE Jordan
Oops — Hitler!
  A Surprise in Context
RW Franson
Open Bookcases RC Benchley
Other Minds
  The Anti-Skeptical Position
WH Stoddard
Our Accretive Creation, the Man of Steel
  America's "Superman" Myth
K Spell

Parental Handbook
  For Parents Dedicated to Local Control
  of Public Education of Children
  According to the Constitution
E Enstrom, Jr.
Participatory Fiction WH Stoddard
Perfect Servants WH Stoddard
Pierce-Arrow Automobiles
WR Franson
Pilots' Proverbs
  Parental Wisdom Brought Down to Earth
RW Franson
Places Not for Reading
  Hypothetical Print-Hostile Environments
RW Franson
Playing Poker with Palin NO Coulter
Postage-Stamp Countries
  .cc - .to - .tv - .ws etc
RW Franson
Progressives and Anarchists:
  Let's Dance ... Wait, What?
SE Jordan
Prometheus Bound, but good CL Spark
Psychology / Psychiatry and the Left
SE Jordan
  1. Progressivism & Eugenics
  2. Drugs, Experts, & the Medical Model
  3. A Personal Perspective

Question of Identity, A
  or Who are you? Who, who, are you?
K Spell

Repudiate the National Debt W McElroy
Reversible Klondike
  Alternate History Solitaire
RW Franson
Reviewing versus Bookselling
  or, Not Selling Books Here
RW Franson
Ricardo's Law
  or the Law of Association
WH Stoddard
Rickenbacker Automobiles
WR Franson
Risk to Seize, A NG Britton

Sarah Churchill and The Rules for Dating RW Franson
Say's Law
  or the Law of Markets
WH Stoddard
Schmitz's ComWeb
  Early SF Desktop Computers & Internet
RW Franson
Seeking Chivalry and Finding Serenity S Farrell
Self-Published Authors
  in the Printed-Paper Era
RW Franson
Shadow Cabinet, A Constitutionalists'
  Focusing & Rallying Pro-Constitution Forces
RW Franson
  Mortality and Memory in Middle-Earth
WH Stoddard
Sing, Earthly Muse
  Music in Ayn Rand's Aesthetics
WH Stoddard
Sons of the Pioneers
  Music on Your Desktop
RW Franson
Stearns-Knight Automobiles
WR Franson
Stolyarov's Wager
  An Atheist's Response to Pascal's Wager
G. Stolyarov II
Strategies from the Past: Boycott
  Non-Political Persuasion in Society
W McElroy
Streamlining WR Franson
Structural Aspects of Atlas Shrugged LH Hunt
Sudetenland and Anti-Nazi Options
  Points on Central Europe, 1936-1938
RW Franson
Switchboard Girls with Gas Masks
  Calm and Secret Heroism
RW Franson

Telzey Amberdon series
  James H. Schmitz
RW Franson
Temeraire series
  Naomi Novik
WH Stoddard
Thanksgiving Rolled Under
  Black Friday and Forwarding the Day
RW Franson
There Ought Not to Be a Law W McElroy
Thus Spoke Howard Roark
  The Transformation of Nietzschean Ideas
  in The Fountainhead
LH Hunt
Tolkien and Chivalry S Farrell

Watching Off-Center
  Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity
RW Franson
Weapon Shop series
  A. E. van Vogt
RW Franson
Were It Not for America
  1940-1945 / 2011
J Myrdal
Western and the West, The K Spell
What Is America? WH Stoddard
What's With These Apologies?
  Teaching Firearms as Useful Tools
KA Graham
Where is Tom Swift, Now that We Need Him? R Grube
Why I Am Not a Utilitarian
  Values and the Ethical Life
WH Stoddard
Why Superheroes Wear Capes WH Stoddard
Why Teenage Girls Love Vampires
  Hayashi's Theory
SK Hayashi
Why the Mailman Cuts Across Your Lawn
  and Other Programmers' Shortcuts
RW Franson
Win At All Costs S Farrell

Zarathustra as Blues Singer
  If Ever You Wanted One Thing Twice
RW Franson
Zenith and Decline
  The Hanseatic League and the Teutonic Order
  in the Late 14th and Early 15th Centuries
JM Franson


Alas, 'tis true, I have gone here and there
And made myself a motley to the view,
Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear,
Made old offences of affections new.

Most true it is that I have look'd on truth
Askance and strangely. But, by all above,
These blenches gave my heart another youth,
And worse essays proved thee my best of love.

William Shakespeare
Sonnets, 110


About our overlayered structure for this Troy-town maze of cultural stratigraphy — at Troynovant an entry is a review of book or story, of film or reel or soundie, if largely about a particular title; a glance or counterpoint to an article or curiosity is an illuminant; a folly mines a vein of humor, or if more pointed a satire; a memoir is a firsthand reminiscence; a postcard showcases a flat-carded Scene of Passage; a compilation gathers quotations stoking Trains of Thought; otherwise generally an essay.

Some essays assume that you've read the books discussed therein.


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