Category Archives: Taxing the Rich

The Eve of the Eve

Some days are inherently unsatisfactory. In fact, there’s not even a name for them, like the eve of New Year’s Eve, the day before that odd day that ends in all the parties and that business in Times Square. The … Continue reading

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Political Street Life

Cities have iconic streets that define them. New York has Wall Street – the seat of all money and power in the city that never sleeps and takes no prisoners. Paris has its Avenue des Champs-Élysées – the Elysian Fields, the … Continue reading

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Change of Possession

This is where they go to commercial break – seemingly endless thirty-second spots for oil filters and Viagra and pizza deals. Yeah, the full moon is rising early in the evening of the last day of August and college football … Continue reading

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Only Yesterday

Maybe we were living in the Roaring Twenties and September 2008 was our 1929 – with an absurdly overleveraged economy collapsing, again. We did this once before. Really – Fredrick Lewis Allen’s Only Yesterday is the best popular history of … Continue reading

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The Lucky Few

Some people have all the luck, like Michael Lewis – who should have had no luck at all, what with a useless undergraduate degree in Art History. Sure his degree, cum laude, was from Princeton, but what do experts in … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Conservative Oops

Now that’s odd – after all these years, the first Thanksgiving home alone. But the family has scattered over the years, across the country, and everyone, reconstituted in new families, is deciding just which family node at which location is … Continue reading

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Out of Sorts

One of the advantages of being a twice-divorced hermit living on a quiet street hidden between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard is what could be called cultural autonomy. You’re not part of the big sort-out in American life. The Economist … Continue reading

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