1. Thomas Sowell, the renowned economist and conservative thinker, has retired from column writing.* He also turned 87 not too long ago, as did Harold Bloom,** who is one of the greatest literary critics of all time. As the years pass, I keep wondering who will replace these brilliant minds.
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. —Harold Bloom
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. —Thomas Sowell
2. Three songs I’m obsessed with: Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” because I was daydreaming and came up with an awesome idea for a music video for it, Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” because all of a sudden the radio started playing it a lot and I don’t think I had ever heard it before, and Julia Michaels’s “Issues” because it describes a nice mix of dysfunction and commitment.
3. Here’s a picture of a double rainbow (although you can barely see the outer one). Trust me… there were two.
*I highly recommend Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed (1995).
**I highly recommend Bloom’s How to Read and Why (2000).