Anvil or Hammer

On one side of my family: Huguenot refugees, who settled in America to escape the power of Catholic France.

On the other side: Minh Mang, aka the ‘Nero of Indochina’, scourge of Vietnamese Catholic converts and missionaries.

Gives a certain frisson to the singing of ‘Faith of Our Fathers’, let me tell you.


  1. You contain multitudes.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    I’m picturing a Christian mystic surfer-type, meditatively waxing his board while he talks to a conflicted Angeleno: “Hangin’ or bangin’, dude. Hangin’ or bangin’.”

  3. Hey, well, my grandfather was a Mason.

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