My name is David James. I am from South Carolina, though I have travelled and lived abroad for many years and now reside in Italy, where I teach English. I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and (obviously) reading and writing. I intend this website as an outlet for short essays, and to serve as a forum for expressing some ideas especially about philosophy, history, and literature, as well as other issues that will draw my attention. I would very much like to hear comments, or discussion, from readers. I also write and co-edit another blog at www.wrath-bearingtree.com where we mainly discuss issues dealing with war and military as they relate to the larger society and culture. Thanks and enjoy.