The title of this week’s Carnival of the Vanities, the 372nd in the series, explains it all: “CoTV in the middle of the British GE (hence it’s late)”.

Politics will do that to you. Well, not to you, maybe, but some people take it far too seriously. It didn’t exactly kill the late Emperor Jianwen of Jin, who died in 372, but his rule was marked by “effectiveness … compromised by his over-dedication to philosophical discussions of Taoism and other related philosophies.”

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