The Secret Scripture

When I was a very young man I thought places for the sick and mad should be made very bright and attractive, given a sort of festiveness to alleviate our human miseries.  But maybe these places are like animals and cannot change their spots and stripes no more than leopards and tigers.

That is from Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture, the current favorite to win the Booker Prize this Tuesday.  I read it on the flight back from London and enjoyed it very much.

In addition to the Booker Prize, there is a lot coming up this week, including the beginning of the Kramnik-Anand chess match, the economics Nobel Prize, and whether a new Great Depression is on the way.  Please stay tuned…

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> In addition to the Booker Prize, there is a lot coming up this week, including the
> beginning of the Kramnik-Anand chess match, the economics Nobel Prize, and
> whether a new Great Depression is on the way. Please stay tuned...

I thought the new Great Depression was supposed to have been canceled by the fact that American markets did not crater last Friday plus the fact that every government that matters has decided to recapitalize banks and/or guarantee their loans. Did I miss the memo?

How do you advice the non-expert naive player of chess to follow the chess match? I know the rules, I have played the game on occasions, but could I get some of the flavors of world class chess? How? I imagine myself like a beer drinker who wants to be guided to find liquorice and mangoes flavors when tasting wine.

Krugman? Who saw that coming?

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