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Party Logic

It seems to me the quality that makes any book, music paining worthwhile is life, just that. Books, music, painting are not life, can never be as full, rich, complex, surprising or beautiful, but the best of them can catch an echo of that, can turn you back to look out the window, go out the door aware that you’ve been enriched, that you have been in the company of something alive that has caused you to realize once again how astonishing life is, and you leave the book, gallery or concert hall with that illumination, which feels I’m going to say holy, by which I mean human raptness.

    The Importance of Structural Give

    In structural engineering, the term “give” refers to the ability of a material or structure to undergo deformation under load without failing. This can include bending, stretching, compressing, or otherwise changing shape in response to stress.

    A Macroeconomic Internet “Bakery”

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    A Macroeconomic Internet “Bakery”

    We know the internet is simultaneously a recent invention, integrated into every niche of our lives, and difficult to understand fully. I like to anchor theoretical questions—how does the internet actually work?—in specific case studies. Today’s podcast guest, Lev Borodovsky, creator of The Daily Shot, is one of them.

    The Power of Horizontal Thinking

    Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland.

    Disrupting Health Care

    Note to readers: I am offering a sale this week. I started these posts as an experiment three years ago. They have now grown into a conversation with thousands of unpaid subscribers and hundreds of paid ones. I am grateful for each subscription. A service that started at $75 now costs $700 a year. If I could offer a sliding scale based on need, I would. But I can’t. So this week, I am lowering the price to $500 a year, or $1.36 a day. Also, I’m at an investment conference this week and won’t be publishing on Friday.

    The Degrees Matter

    After victory, we must at once put forward a new task. In this way, cadres and the masses will forever be filled with revolutionary fervour, instead of conceit.

    Divergences–Geopolitical and Economic

    The real injustice, I said, beginning to get heated, is that an honest man must live a penurious life in our country.

    What It Takes To Make A Movie

    Man has always asked the question: what is it all about?