1. Scott McLemee. You do not want to make him angry. He gets out his rapier and cudgel when he is angry. And he scores very palpable hits.

These sentences have absorbed and rewarded my attention for days on end. They are a masterpiece of evasion. The paragraph is, in its way, quite impressive. Every word of it is misleading, including “and” and “the.”

That’s Scott (borrowing of course in the last clause from Mary McCarthy) on the New Press’s description of Michael Bellesiles’s career to date. For more, follow the link.