3/25-4/4/18…..

3/25

This is an excellent place to start. The misuse of “curate” and its cognates really gets up my nose! http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2018_Spring_McClay.php

3/26

I think this is the sort of regime Dreckstuck dreams of: protecting corruption with the rule of law: (found on The Browser: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/23/how-organised-crime-took-over-russia-vory-super-mafia

No comment needed (from Wall Street on Parade)http://wallstreetonparade.com/2018/03/wall-street-is-winning-by-going-dark/

A matter of mild interest: I asked a friend who contributes to WSJ  how it is that the paper keeps Holman Jenkins, a terrible writer whose column is essentially a print version of Fox News, on the strength. He couldn’t answer, except to say that Jenkins is essentially “unfirable.” 

3/27

How about these digital fun-and-games? Bring back the landline. When we moved, my landline number was retained, but I understand the line itself was moved from copper to digital – which obviates the point of the exercise: namely, when Sandy hit, and the electricity went out, I disconnected my portable phone system, plugged in an old standard phone I retained against just such an eventuality, and could communicate with the outside world. http://www.businessinsider.com/suspect-arrested-in-1bn-cybercrime-spree-that-made-atms-spit-out-cash-2018-3?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=TechSelect&pt=385758&ct=Sailthru_BI_Newsletters&mt=8&utm_campaign=BI%20Tech%20Insider%20-%20Mon-Fri%202018-03-27&utm_term=Tech%20Select 

Just so we’re clear on what the PE game is all about: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/03/winners-losers-pe-firm-cerberuss-remington-rollup-collapses-bankruptcy.html

Ah hah! https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-market-wealth-report-1253585?utm_content=from_&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=US%20Morning%20Newsletter%203.27&utm_term=New%20US%20Newsletter%20List

Wonderful to see this at long, long last republished. One of the great camp books of all time. I remember when it was first published (1961). http://www.berfrois.com/2018/03/big-love-mrs-florence-aadland/

I wonder if Dreckstuck was under the impression that bringing Kushner into the White House would somehow insulate his son-in-law from problems in his business. After all, it would seem plausible to assume that Trump may have tutored Kushner in the reasons for his own success in real estate: stiffing creditors, suppliers and workers; locating dubious foreign investors; lawyering up at the slightest sign of financial inconvenience. 

from Bloomberg: “anyone who lacks scruples and knows how to access the system can wreak havoc or earn money at astonishing scale. As one said of Facebook: ‘They go out and find the morons for me.'” This is why I quit FB: more morons than a boy could stand. FB is Moron Central. Even bright people transmute into idiots on FB.

 

3/29

Interesting dialogue with a true immortal: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/martina-navratilova-tyler-cowen-tennis-czechoslovakia-lgbt-73ee82582ad

3/31 Skipped a couple of days: Great interview conducted by my pal Tunku: https://www.wsj.com/articles/manhood-in-the-age-of-trump-1522443770

4/1

April Fool’s Day: as we have become a nation of fools, should probably replace July 4 as primary national holiday. 

Inequality, thy filthy spell is everywhere: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/03/31/for-small-private-colleges-fewer-students-means-more-worries/1jjd8ZFusBt3kGjHOcpIqM/story.html?p1=BGHeader_SmartBar_Breaking?s_campaign=breakingnews:newsletter

I sort of lean this way: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/explaining-bond-market-complacency-by-anatole-kaletsky-2018-03?utm_source=Project+Syndicate+Newsletter&utm_campaign=fadc03c110-sunday_newsletter_1_4_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73bad5b7d8-fadc03c110-93490385

It figures: https://lithub.com/the-year-in-trump-novel-pitches-an-agents-lament/

Personally, I find Williamson antithetical in every way: gross in appearance, clumsy in style, intellectually a throwback: https://newrepublic.com/article/147667/conservative-columnist-conundrum?mbid=nl_hps_5abea51f799f00289d63dec7&CNDID=42793573Still, despicable as I find his political and social polemics, his criticism (theater etc) deserves respect. And this (pointed out by Bret Stephens in NYT) is pretty cool: https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/11/steven-mnuchin-louise-linton-embarrassing/

4/2

NO argument from this quarter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-nothing-wrong-with-a-census-question-about-citizenship/2018/03/29/aa3ee8c2-3367-11e8-94fa-32d48460b955_story.html?utm_term=.fb53ba932d17

4/3

Drue Heinz has died. Perhaps the most intensive and multifaceted Maecenas of our era, she was just great: funny, wise, smart. She installed me in her writers’ retreat at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland in 1992. Bliss then it was to be alive! A wonderful person. 

4/4

Well, Dreckstuck has now plunged us into a game of multibillion trade ping-pong. Not surprising. The guy’s entire life has been a test of the theory that bullying is the most effective form of negotiation. We shall see. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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