My review of Jonathan Lethem’s new short story collection, Lucky Alan, is up at Monkey Bicycle: Lucky Alan – Reviewed by Marc Schuster
I wrote and recorded the music in this short film for my MUS 142 course at Montgomery County Community College. I call it Orange Black Blue because those are the colors in the background of each short clip.
1000 Stuck fur Klavier (Orange) – Stefan Hippe
Artichoke Silence (Black) – Tsulkie Hurn
All 32 Beethoven Sonatas (Blue) – Jed Distler
A Piketty guide for lifelong learners.
When Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” was published earlier this year, it was something of a sensation. That’s no small feat for a chart-heavy doorstop on “the dismal science” of economics.
A fair portion of the book’s notoriety was due to its subject matter: wealth distribution, an intensely political topic if ever there was one. (Watch Piketty’s TED Talk: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century.)
What makes this French economist’s conclusions worth global notice? The short answer is that Piketty and his research team amassed a mountain of data, much of it going back centuries, suggesting that the concentration of wealth in ever-fewer hands is not an anomaly or a recent development. Check out the infographic below for a longer explanation:
As the data visualization above suggests, this is simply how capitalism works. Without a significant force to counterbalance rising…
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