Book Review: And the Dead Shall Rise

In the same year that Congress enacted the income tax code a thirteen year old Atlanta factory worker named Mary Phagan was found dead in the basement of the National Pencil Company. Ever since I saw the…

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tax Returns

“There are no second acts in American lives.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald – In 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote what is arguably the greatest American novel ever written: The Great Gatsby .  Now a man named William…

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H.L. Mencken: Quotes from a Contrarian’s Contrarian

Nobody reads H.L. Mencken anymore, but that’s not because they shouldn’t. Henry Louis Mencken – the Sage of Baltimore – was an early 21st century journalist, newspaper man, editor and author, who invented the op-ed and aneviscerating…

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Judge Souter, Shakespeare and Conspiracy Theorists

I will jump at any chance to talk about Shakespeare and I just found a doozy. The Wall Street Journal law blog has an interesting post on the apparent obsession of some Supreme Court justices with the…

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20 of My Favorite Poems

I need a break from tax talk now and then and I know of no better way to do it then to read great literature. Here are 20 of my all time favorite English language…

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