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Today's reading is by Ambrose Bierce

-- Ambrose Bierce was a well known columnist and writer when, at age 71, he left the USA to travel in Mexico in 1913. He was never heard from again. To his readers, he was known as a provocative skeptic who coaxed bizarre images and wit from the English language. The objects of his scrutiny may now be passé, but his style of observation remains valid.

(I hope to have real live writers visiting here soon.)

The Flying Machine

From Fantastic Fables, first published 1898

An Ingenious Man who had built a flying-machine invited a great concourse of people to see it go up. At the appointed moment, everything being ready, he boarded the car and turned on the power. The machine immediately broke through the massive substructure upon which it was builded, and sank out of sight into the earth, the aeronaut springing out barely in time to save himself.

"Well," said he, "I have done enough to demonstrate the correctness of my details. The defects," he added, with a look at the ruined brick-work, "are merely basic and fundamental."

Upon this assurance the people came forward with subscriptions to build a second machine.

And, this way to...

The Attic (permanent construction area)