"The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
Possibly the last paperback classic I bought and probably because of this.
"The Flying Dutchman" at the ENO
Terrific production. Stuart Skelton’s Erik is outstanding.
Robert Solow's wit
“The truth is, I fear, that the [economic] profession’s disdain for the fix-wage assumption is much less respectable in origin. We have a sort of prior disposition to think that prices equate supply and demand. To say that a price does not do so under ordinary circumstances is seen as too crude, like eating peas with a knife. The accepted putdown is that the assumption of...
PhD movie →
Looks about right.
Do defaults save Labour?
I was surprised (and, at first, impressed) by Ed Miliband’s proposal on the Andrew Marr Show to limit individual donations to political parties at £5,000. He also suggested that the cap should apply to trade union funding of Labour. Currently, trade union members can also opt out of the £3 annual contribution to the Labour party. When Andrew Marr asked whether Miliband would support...
The purpose of academic visits seems obvious: research flourishes during close interaction with colleagues in a scholarly atmosphere. If you can’t get a grant for an academic visit, try the “Share Screen” function on Skype. It’s like arguing in front of a whiteboard or hunching over a piece of paper, but if you get tired, you can just put the phone down (and blame the...
"Measuring the World" by Daniel Kehlmann
Dazzling novel. Moreover, the English translation is simply exquisite. Read and lend.
"The Coming Prosperity" by Philip E. Auerswald
A rather optimistic conclusion from a myriad of entertaining anecdotes.