On Tuesday, I have to get up really, really early to do a database move at 5 am, when hardly anyone is using the database. So I’m writing this Monday night.

Been reading Evil: An Investigation by Lance Morrow. It’s a collection of short essays about evil. (If anyone on the bus asked about the book, which has “EVIL” in very large letters on the front cover, I was going to say, “It’s a HOW-TO,” and grin unsettlingly.) The book meanders a lot, but is interesting. Unfortunately, the author doesn’t offer a good definition of evil, and ends up saying, “People know it when they see it.” He does make a good point when he asks, “Why is Joseph Stalin considered less evil than Adolph Hitler?” Stalin, however, was an ally of the United States during World War II. Saying, “Yes, the USA allied with one genocidal madman to stop another genocidal madman,” doesn’t seem to work for a lot of people. So Stalin’s evil is downplayed.