The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cardinal Richelieu

Cardinal Richelieu was the foreign minister for France during the tumultuous 17th century. His diplomatic maneuvers laid the groundwork for the modern European state. 


Below is an excerpt from a book review on a new biography of the remarkable Cardinal, Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France by Jean-Vincent Blanchard. The full review may be read here.

Poker Lessons From Richelieu

A Portrait of the Statesman as Gambler

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