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A writer who said he was with NEW YORK magazine sidled up to the famous artist I was escorting, and apologized for the unrepresentative New Yorkers across the barricades, calling them not without familiar affection “the yahoos.” He was interested in the artistic performance in the theater, and my wife treated him to a succinct comment about the male lead needing to work a little more on his voice. (Her standards are pretty high.) I was glad I didn’t have to reveal my sour comments on the ideology of the musical.

We walked the thirteen or so hot and sweaty blocks to our hotel, rested a while in the sheer enjoyment of the air conditioning, showered, and went out to the dinner mentioned above.

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March Mailbag

1. In response to this post, about the Fed and fiscal stimulus: “So are you saying that deficit spending is a free lunch because the Fed will keep inflation from happening? You say [extra government spending] won’t ‘raise economic output’ but what’s the harm of it if you’re right?” I see at least ... Read More


For your amusement, I hope, I’ve done a Jaywalking episode. It begins with a bit of the overture to Semiramide -- a Rossini opera I reviewed from the Met last week. Then I get into Russia and, after a while, China. The Marriott company fired an employee for “liking” a tweet by a Tibetan independence group. ... Read More

Campaigns for World Down Syndrome Day Go Viral

As World Down Syndrome Day approaches on Wednesday, several campaigns supporting those with the condition have taken over the Internet. Fifty mothers of children with the condition put together a viral video of them and their children singing along in the car. The video helped the children and their mothers ... Read More

Viva l’Italia?

Italy has just had elections, with very interesting results. I wanted to talk with Alberto Mingardi, which I have. He is one of the leading classical liberals in Italy -- the director general of the Bruno Leoni Institute, in Milan. (Mingardi himself is Milanese.) He is also an authority in arts and letters. In ... Read More