Monthly Archives: December 2018

Passing Losses On

“Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.” Robert Frost said that. That’s all anyone remembers of his short 1946 comic poem “The Ingenuities of Debt” – but that’s not ingenious. … Continue reading

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The Means to the Opposite Ends

Donald Trump had a bad week. Everything bad that could possibly happen to him was happening all at once – all of it quite dramatic. Newsrooms were overwhelmed. Was this the end of his presidency? What were the parallels? Which … Continue reading

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Then All At Once

Change happens slowly, then all at once. Hemingway has one of his characters say that’s how one goes bankrupt – slowly, then suddenly. That’s how market crashes happen too. Baby boomers know that getting old happens slowly, then suddenly, all … Continue reading

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The Company He Keeps

This is Los Angeles. Specifically this is Hollywood – part of the city but an even more absurd place – a place of dreams and drama. And the newspaper here is the Los Angeles Times – straight and solid reporting … Continue reading

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Idiot’s Delight

“Idiot’s Delight” is that odd 1939 MGM comedy – or drama, or musical, or something, with a screenplay adapted by Robert E. Sherwood from his 1936 Pulitzer-Prize-winning play. The movie stars Clark Gable, in the same year that he played … Continue reading

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Other Problems Elsewhere

It is very possible that the president of the United States is a criminal. And it is very possible that his criminality made him president. Prosecutors made clear in a sentencing memo for his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that Trump … Continue reading

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The Sinking Ship

Idioms are odd. There you are, in Paris, deep in a discussion of world politics and big issues with one of the locals, over cognac in a warm steamy café on a cold winter afternoon, and the other guy says … Continue reading

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