I used to patronize a toy store in St. Paul called Essence of Nonsense. The store closed in 2010 but the memory lives on.
It’s a great name for a toy store and it has a wider applicability. It comes to mind in connection with the sophisticated liberal pieties that New York Times columnist Nick Kristof serves up in his encounter with Bill Kristol on CNN discussing Obama administration foreign policy and Ukraine. Essence of Nonsense can be illuminating in its own way, particularly in contrast with Kristol.
Not to say Kristof isn’t personally impressive — he is.