‘This Wide Extent of Hopeless Sterility’: Samuel Johnson, Frank Fraser Darling, and a Grim Weekend in the Scottish Highlands

In 1773, one of England’s most celebrated literary figures, a then 64-year-old Samuel Johnson, walked from London to Glasgow. It’s testament to just how much Johnson accomplished in his career – completing what is widely considered the first modern dictionary, the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, as well as his biographies of England’s greatest … Continue reading ‘This Wide Extent of Hopeless Sterility’: Samuel Johnson, Frank Fraser Darling, and a Grim Weekend in the Scottish Highlands

‘Hey, what happened to that guy?’ – you, probably

So here’s the story. Last year, I decided that finnmaunder.com wasn’t a great web address for this blog. After all, the blog is called The Dirtbag Dilemma, not Finn Maunder. Besides, although these are certainly my stories, I don’t think my name is really central to any of them.  Therefore, last year, I decided to … Continue reading ‘Hey, what happened to that guy?’ – you, probably