A Map of Spinoza’s Passions

The Derivative Relations Between the Emotions and Pain, Pleasure, and Desire

Formulated by Spinoza, Graphed by Me.

POSTED — July 7, 2014 — Photos

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Remarks delivered as part of a panel at the Columbia Conference on Systemic Risk, June 26, 2014.

On money: Leeson’s strategy, for all the glamor of trillion dollar losses, wasn’t very different from the cleaning lady of a man I know. She came weekly and always drank a little of his vodka while he was out. Then she filled the depleted bottle with water to the previous level.

On advertising: Franz Kafka once wrote: “I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.”

On universities: Where I grew up universities educated you and trained you for life, and the point of academic tenure was to liberate you from the obligation to raise money, to allow you to follow your interests where they led. Now it’s a different story.

POSTED — June 6, 2014 — Opinions

Great Rhymes

Incredibly clever lyrics and rhymes.

Can you capture them in sign language?

POSTED — June 6, 2014 — Opinions

Meetings with Remarkable Women

“I don’t know either of you, really,” said the Silk Woman after a drink, a cigarette and some mutual explanations of background and reason for travel. “But here we are and actually that’s good. We’ll never meet again, most likely. So let me tell you something.

POSTED — June 6, 2014 — Fiction