It sounds like Thomas Piketty, who is French, has written an important book about the trends of distribution of wealth and income in 20th-21st century economies, primarily in developed economies. The general story is that the “natural” rate of accumulation of capital is on the order of five-six percent per annum, while the natural rate […]
I happened to be picking plums from our orchard this afternoon when I was hailed from afar by a man of some years, accompanied by two ladies who were also on in years. “Do not be alarmed,” he said. He had worked on our property as a boy and wanted to see what had become […]
We had received a letter from “Jazz in Marciac” notifying us that the order of appearance of the two groups to appear in the concert of July 28, for which he had purchased tickets, had been changed. The headlining group, “The Bad Plus with special guest Joshua Redman,” would now be appearing first, at 21:00, […]
Taken by Matthew Weinreb, on his iPhone, while I was giving a solo performance.
I caught a bit of a television program devoted to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) affair this morning, and I have done a bit of research on the Internet. First, this affair is huge in France, newspaper sales have skyrocketed, the news weeklies are devoting 13-20 pages to it this week. DSK was, prior to this affair, thought […]
Last week our friend Tony died. He died very suddenly of a cancer that was diagnosed too late, but which possibly could not have been arrested in any case. He was one month older than I, 60-years-old. Tony was one of the sweetest men I ever met. Requiescas in pace, Tony.
About three weeks ago, we went to hear our friend Gregg play his American neo-country music with his band in a small bar in the town where he lives. Dinner was being served to a group of about thirty diners who had come from surrounding towns. I struck up a conversation with a local denizen […]
We watched the Super Bowl live from France, so the game ended at about 4:30 in the morning. It was a very good game to watch. I used to be a huge fan of the San Francisco 49ers and knew a lot about professional football. Today, I watch very few games. This year, I saw […]
We have just heard a wonderful concert by a jazz vocal group from Toulouse called “Les grandes bouches.” They performed in our little nonprofit café spectacles called La Tannerie in Agen. The concert was undersubscribed, but as is ususally the case with real professionals, the group seemed to take it in stride and to enjoy […]
Ask, and it shall be answered. We recently watched “Human Desire” (1954) on Turner Movie Classics, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Broderick Crawford and directed by Fritz Lang. The film is based upon Zola’s “La bête humaine.” Somehow watching an American film noir with French subtitles in the middle of the night in the […]