From Dante's Inferno, Canto XXXIV: "‘Vexilla Regis prodeunt Inferni’ Towards us; therefore look in front of thee,” My Master said, “if thou discernest him.” As, when there breathes a heavy fog, or when Our hemisphere is darkening into night, Appears far off a mill the wind is turning, Methought that such a building then I saw; … Continue reading Dante’s Judas
Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky once wrote, “Beauty at low temperatures is beauty.” His point was simple enough. If one can find beauty in the harsh barrenness of low temperatures, then something must be truly beautiful, for only beauty can counterbalance the immense discomfort of frigidness and thus be called truly beautiful.
I am not an economist, though for a period I did fancy pursuing that profession. Providence intervened, however, and rescued me from a life of spreadsheets, pie charts, and uninteresting-but-important-sounding conversations. This is not to say that I do not value certain of the laws of economics. Quite the contrary, there are two that I … Continue reading Strength and Silence