About The Lion

The Lion is a sometimes grumpy, writerly, licensed curmudgeon with profoundly iconoclastic tendencies. He survived Brown University and a stint as a reporter for a daily newspaper. Currently he sits at home at his computer, cackling as he pounces on daily news items at which he can cheerfully snarl. A thoroughly well-rounded codger-in-waiting, smattered with Latin and Greek, utterly surrounded by books, and possessed by three cats. A good fellow to read, but not one to bring home to meet mother.

He plays backgammon, collects books, writes sometimes amusing things, and occasionally demonstrates some smarts, but not about anything practical.

Grumpy Lion is not an investigative blog, or a reportorial blog. The Lion reads the daily paper, marks it up, and comments. Grumpy Lion is opinion. It is letters to the editor, writ large. Sometimes you’ll find other things here – some satire, some personal remarks, some opinion not generated from reading the news. But it is all opinion, usually written at deadline speed, and very occasionally wrong. Or might be, someday.

22 Responses

  1. Ah, wonderful, your impeachment screed! You can write, kid! I see you’re a fellow Brown graduate. You look about as old as my pal, Wendy Korbyashi, 28 or 29. Did you know her? (My 50th is in five years.)

    Anyway, keep it up. And put me on your list. I’m so fed up with these fucking hooligans I’m about to do something extreme.

    Thanks, Rob Leaver


  2. i disagree.
    totally presentable
    to mom and friends.


  3. Great blog and set up to read easily and lucidly my friend. Merry Christmas,


  4. Thank you for the comment.

    If I did Christmas I’d wish you one. How about You have yourself a nice December… hmmm, doesn’t have the same ring to it.


  5. Your prose rings of a friend of mine currently at Brown. Anyway, I thought I’d drop a link–I borrowed some of your writing. If you mind. Say so, and I’ll make some changes.



  6. wait…this link will take you to the right place…ignore the first:



  7. cm’blog –

    No problem. Of course, the genius part had nothing to do with my willingness to agree… πŸ™‚


  8. You sir, I’d like to trade blogrolls if you’re agreeable.

    Or if generally not agreeable in attitude, if you so much as like the idea.

    Or not so much as like anything, as think it to be a good idea.


  9. You want me to put you on my blogroll, and you want to put me on yours? Is that what you’re saying?

    If so, go ahead, but I don’t have a url for your blog. Send that along and I’ll take a look and see if you’re Lionworthy. πŸ™‚


  10. Huh, it should have popped up automatically, but apparently I’ve failed in establishing my setting appropriately.

    Here you go:


  11. Hey! Where have you been???


    • Riding the black horse of depression.


  12. Nice man! πŸ™‚ And he is a backgammon player! I like it!


  13. I wondered where you’d got to! How many keyboards have you worn down? πŸ˜‰


    • The keyboards are okay, but my fingers are an inch shorter. πŸ™‚


  14. I just found your blog..it interests me
    I like your work..keep posting πŸ™‚


  15. Nice meeting you. Nothing wrong with being grumpy sometimes. Makes for well-roundness.


    • Welcome to the den. Don’t step in the various droppings or trip over the bones.

      Interesting blog you have.

      As for well-roundedness, I know I’m getting too well-rounded when my clothes get a little tight and people start agreeing with me.


  16. Ric, I’m so very sorry to see the news about Beep. How many cats do you have now? Iris is going to be 17 this fall. She’s a bit arthritic and her vision is bad. She lives with me. She was my Amanda’s cat, but it’s too hectic at her house with 4 kids, 4 cats, and 2 dogs. Take care.


  17. Re; the latest blog post. Consider that perhaps, despite all the things you dislike about America, the fact that you can express those opinions without consequence is the one thing that makes her great.

    Miss you, by the way.


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