2020 Bibliopathy Report

I have a problem. It’s books. I acquire them armloads at a time. Many go unread for years. They are insulating the house, I think. To this and other rationalizations, my wife, Amy, rolls her eyes, but she’s got a bad case of bibliopathy herself. She just hides it with e-books and library checkouts. We […]


When England battled France in the 1400s for control of the French throne, the French had a grisly way of celebrating their victories. The English were renowned for their archers, both their numbers and their abilities. To denigrate this, after the French won a battle, they would cut off English archers’ fingers, and a few […]

Stupid Musical Interlude

The book I’ve been listening to–Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell, about Henry V and his fight to claim his right, in his opinion, to the throne of France–plays a stupid musical interlude after every chapter. This interlude lasts for 15-30 seconds, only at the tail end of which does the narrator start up again. The book […]

Editor’s Note–TFF Issue 24

My favorite whiteboard quotes and commentary for this year (reverse chronology, intentional; dates, from when I first saw a quote, not necessarily when it was published): 12/27/19 “Now I see that by taking on too much, we also took away the opportunity for others to learn, participate and own their part of the process and […]