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The Art of the Probe

Posted on December 8, 2016

Slade: How the hell did you know I didn’t have the king or the ace? Lancey Howard: I recollect a young man putting the same question to Eddie the Dude. “Son,” Eddie told him, “all you paid was the looking price. Lessons are extra.” ― “The Cincinnati Kid” (1965) There are only two great movies […]

Hey Spike

Posted on October 9, 2014

The strong do what they can, while the weak suffer what they must. — Thucydides, “The History of the Peloponnesian War” (395 BC) Global growth is really bad! Hooray! That was the verdict of US markets yesterday, as the Fed minutes “revealed” (to use the breathless phrasing of mainstream financial media) a “growing concern” with […]

Finest Worksong

Posted on September 15, 2014

Take your instinct by the reins You’d better best to rearrange What we want and what we need Has been confused, been confused – REM, “Finest Worksong” (1987) The politics of dancing The politics of oooh feeling good – Re-flex, “The Politics of Dancing” (1983) The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but […]