Sic Transit Imperii Malum

Laura Nelson
15 min readAug 16, 2021
Associated Press (Fair Use)

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . . . — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“No hugging, no learning.” — Larry David, on the formula for the situation comedy Seinfeld

Laura Nelson

Writer, philosopher, information technologist,guitarist, neurotic, polite radical, avid and indiscriminate reader, Episcopalian, trans woman.