1. Thanks, whoever invited me to the Liberty Fund/IHS seminar thing this spring! I totally promise not to make Ann Althouse cry.
2. A loosely rendered version of a dialogue between Pnin and me:
Pnin... duck-billed platypus...
Isabel: You're sort of like a duck-billed platypus.
Pnin: Really? How?
Isabel: Eccentric, but in a charming way. And besides, monotremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Although they are fossil animals, and you are not a social conservative, so perhaps you are not really like a duck-billed platypus.