by Tyler Cowen
on August 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm
1. Frank Kermode has passed away; here he writes on Shakespeare.
2. France to deport foreign gypsies.
3. Counting Wal Mart cars to forecast earnings.
4. Cell phones for the deaf to communicate with ASL.
5. In defense of vibrato.
6. Black Swan trailer.
France is deporting foreign lawbreakers? The great Europeans show us how to behave once again…
It looks terrible. But I suppose if Mila Kunis makes out with Natalie Portman I’ll have to go see it.
Too bad they can’t deport the domestic gyspies as well.
Sad news about Frank Kermode, but a nice long life and a great body of work!
Kermode’s writing on Economics is good.
“After all, they have found a way of agreeing that Keynes is important, which they do, not by attending intimately to what he wrote, but by conferring on it the valued endorsement of their own prejudices.”
Or was it Smith he meant? Anyway, wise stuff.
Perhaps the movie isn’t about “babe appeal”, agnostic. You must have fantastic taste.
I’m not sure why UBS would give up a trade secret like using satellite imagery to predict WMT earnings, unless it was all just some snake oil to sell some undifferentiated research product.
And I checked my Bloomberg, UBS is not a significant holder of WMT. For instance, BRK holds more than 10x from respective 13F filings.
The worst thing about this comment, is I feel especially nerdy bring up the satellite images, after others have commented on the images of Kunis and Portman.
Ha. I clicked on the Black Swan link thinking someone had made an adaptation of the (excellent)Thomas Mann novella of the same name. Was I way off. But it was still a fun trailer. Such are the Uses of Error.
“Perhaps the movie isn’t about “babe appeal”, agnostic.”
Sure it is. It’s by Aronofsky, so all the rest of it will be an unintentional, embarrassing joke. The only saving grace would have been a babe like Jennifer Connelly.
Aronofsky has a way with the morality tale so the sex thriller seems like a natural fit. I expect something interesting even if ultimately flawed.
Aronofsky did Pi, right? That was a good movie.
A personal note: In 1970 I sent Professor
Kermode an interpretive essay of about 40
pages on some cultural and literary patterns
in the West. He replied in a handwritten
letter. Despite his reservations about my
approach ( his “native scepticism,” he said,
was uncomfortable with my broad general
principles), I was quite thrilled.
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