Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin now has ten columns by Richard Rohmer on its website. 


I don't want to give anything away, but if you check out the one from December 3rd, you may recognize some elements in a little plan Rohmer's come up with for getting "oil product" from Alberta to the Pacific while bypassing the "environmentalists and First Nations people" who don't know a good thing (carbon) when they see it.

Does it involve a pipeline and the Mackenzie River Delta?  That would be telling.

Carthage must be destroyed!


  1. Hey, nothing wrong with trying to influence the course of events. You throw things at a wall and maybe something will stick. Time to give natural gas tanker planes another shot, I say. Better that than the Soviet/American/Chinese triad.

    What caught my eye was the general's reference to himself as the "author [of] more than 27 books of fiction and non-fiction." More than 27 seems oddly precise in its imprecision. Anyone else would've written "more than two dozen" or "nearly thirty".

    I see thirty on the nose.

    How to explain? Has he sorta stopped counting the two government reports? Has Separation Two - which Rohmer himself described as "the same book [as Separation] only different" - also been kinda written off.

    All this brings me to a fin de l'année observation: We began this project 363 days ago thinking that Rohmer might have published as many as thirty-one books. We now know the true number is thirty. How great is that? Thirteen more to go - and here I'm counting John A.'s Crusade and Sir John A.'s Crusade and Seward's Magnificent Folly… but only as one.

  2. One of the reasons I'm putting books in boxes and taking them to Goodwill is that I've lost my copy of Death by Deficit somewhere in the house, and it's time to thin the brush. I was really looking forward to Death by Deficit. It was going to be my reward for finishing John A's Crusade. I have Arctic Imperative and Caged Eagle, but dammit, I want my Death by Deficit.

    And you're right, "more than 27 books" is a bizarre way to describe the 29 items in Rohmer's bibliography on his Wikipedia page, which he appears to curate.

  3. Twenty-nine on Wikipedia? And not only are both Separations present, but Hour of the Fox and Sir John A's Crusade and Seward's Magnificent Folly are treated as being altogether different than Rommel and Patton and John A.'s Crusade.

    Again, how to explain?

    Well, here’s what Wikipedia ignores:

    How to Write a Best Seller
    E.P. Taylor: The Biography of Edward Plunket Taylor
    Golden Phoenix: The Biography of Peter Munk

    This best-selling biographer is offended.

  4. What frightens me about E.P. Taylor: The Biography of Edward Plunket Taylor and Golden Phoenix: The Biography of Peter Munk is the many possible ways to recombine their titles and create new books. Did either of them ever stay in a house that was later used for exteriors in a British television show?