Three days ago I read some of the many, many moving letters the dying Lawrence Auster has been receiving from his readers. One quotes “Lapis Lazuli” by Yeats. Another (Thomas Bertonneau) quotes the final lines of Tennyson’s “Ulysses.”

The next day I was reading The Geography of Thought by Richard E. Nisbett and found that it also quotes “Lapis Lazuli,” though not the same lines. Then just yesterday I watched the movie Skyfall, in which Judi Dench recites the final lines of “Ulysses.”

The latter may not be a coincidence; Skyfall is a very recent movie, and it just might have put Prof. Bertonneau in mind of “Ulysses.” The Geography of Thought, on the other hand, was published in 2003.