Massachusetts lost one of its more important thinkers earlier this month. The economist Alice Amsden passed away suddenly just as colleagues thought she was on her way to recovery. Like many intellectuals who have contributed much to our understanding of the world, hers was not a household name, certainly not in her homeland. This is no accident for several reasons: her work focused on the economic growth of other countries and, perhaps more significantly, Amsden debunked much of orthodox economic development theory.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art. - Charles Bukowski
Seven, maybe eight years ago, I brought Adam Aries with me to a house party in Hudson. I must have seen him at Denny’s or Bickford’s. Spontaneous as he was, he hopped right in.
My friends had solicited the services of a stripper whose name I can’t remember, but neither Adam or I had known about the strippers.
The first LP record anyone ever gave me was a gift from my grandmother of Carlin's 1973 "Occupation Foole." I was 14. My grandmother hadn't listened to the record; she just knew Carlin from his appearances on The Tonight Show. Man, was she shocked... And I was hooked.
George: Please let us know how farts smell in heaven...
Seriously though, George was incredibly good at sniffing out and exposing the hypocrisy in all things social and political.