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Bull Market Bull

Anatole Kaletsky has a thoughtful and persuasive piece (paywall) in Barron’s magazine on why global stock markets have a good deal more room to rise: ‘Four Reasons Why the Bull Market Has Far to Go’

First, the world economy is finally swimming into a fabled ‘sweet spot’, with simultaneous, reasonably . . .

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December 03, 2017

The Cloud Messenger

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai is hosting a ‘Festival of Premiering Plays’, one of which, ‘I, Cloud’, by the Story Circus theatre company, I like especially for the inspiration it takes in Kalidasa, the supreme figure in classical Sanskrit literature.  


The setting for . . .

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December 01, 2017

love of country

Silvrback blog image" The love of our own country seems not to be derived from the love of mankind. The former sentiment is altogether independent of the latter, and seems sometimes even to dispose us to act inconsistently with it. France may contain, perhaps, near three times the number of inhabitants which Great Britain contains. In the great society of . . .

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November 29, 2017


This past summer I noticed a thrilling, new object animating conversation at every meeting of family and friends. Bitcoin!  From the academical outskirts of Durham, to the foothills of the Blue Ridge, to prosperous professional suburbs in New Jersey, people engaged you in talk with this distant but intense look in their eyes: do you have . . .

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November 28, 2017

Cattleman's Bar

Silvrback blog imageYou can get Storz beer on draught at the Cattleman's Bar in the stockyard district of Omaha, Nebraska. Also steak, chops and fish, tobacco and cigarettes, Cobb's Creek whiskey, wine and real 7up.

There are rooms to let next door, upstairs.

Shorpy Historical Picture Archive: Cattleman's Bar 1938.

November 1938. "Saloon in . . .

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November 26, 2017

de te fabula narratur: India in your future

“Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur”,  says Horace in his ‘Satires’ (1.1.69): “Why do you laugh? Change but the name, and it is of you the story is told.”  Karl Marx quotes the Roman poet in his Preface to the First German Edition of ‘Capital’ (1867), to warn Germans they . . .

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November 24, 2017

The New World

Three English ships sail into the mouth of a river somewhere on the Eastern shore of North America. It is May 1607 ... the opening sequence of Terrence Malick's "The New World", on the shimmering swells of Wagner's "Das Rheingold".    

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November 24, 2017


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