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To celebrate Hayao Miyazaki’s final masterpiece and extraordinary film career, we along with Studio Ghibli are asking deviants to create an art piece by his Oscar nominated film, The Wind Rises, opening 2/28/14 in North America.
Happy Talk: Simon Critchley + Philip Seymour Hoffman
“Just over a year ago philosopher Simon Critchley met with Philip Seymour Hoffman for the final in a series of on-stage conversations called Happy Talk. In a searching dialogue that in hindsight seems prescient, the actor wrestles with the concepts of happiness, love, and death with the same courage and compelling insight that he brought to his roles. Recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art on December 17, 2012.”
We can’t think of a better way to end Philip Seymour Hoffman Appreciation Week than this. Goodnight, Phil. Thank you for everything.
“ Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island. I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel to know that our host only yesterday may have made more money than your novel ‘Catch-22′ has earned in its entire history?” And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.” And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?” And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.” ”
Larry Summers thinks the economy is broken, and has been for awhile.
It’s not just the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery. It’s the 8 years before that too. As Summers points out, even low interest rates, deficit-financed tax cuts, and nonexistent lending standards weren’t enough to overheat the economy then. Sure, housing prices boomed, but nothing else did. Inflation was low, and unemployment wasn’t that low. In other words, demand wasn’t excessive, but it was also unsustai
Summers worries that this isn’t only a story about our economic past, but about our future, too. That we won’t be able to create enough jobs without bubbles, now and forever. It’s a new old idea called “secular stagnation.” Economist Alvin Hansen first proposed it in the late 1930s when it looked like slow population growth might slow investment, and create a permaslump. But, thankfully, the baby boom, and 16 years of pent-up consumer demand proved him wrong.
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