Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Lessons from a Hustler" on Granta by Peter Mountford

I thoroughly enjoyed this essay by Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism, in which he discusses his time bartending at a pool hall in DC during the year before it closed, getting to know the many characters who played and drank within its walls, including one hustler in particular.  Mountford also briefly describes the two years he lived in Ecuador writing about economics, a time that no doubt led to his first novel, a good read.  Here's a link to the essay:

http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Lessons-from-a-Hustler

Thursday, December 8, 2011

We'll All Live Here Someday

Once we've fully exhausted all of Earth's resources, and we have the technology to travel hundreds of light-years away, we can all live here:

http://www.space.com/13821-nasa-kepler-alien-planets-habitable-zone.html

PS Perhaps we can avoid exhausting all of Earth's resources either through slowing down our consumption (unlikely) or through extreme improvements in a variety of technologies (possible), to state the obvious.