We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
War, unending war
Last night we saw the Classical Theater of Harlem's production of Mother Courage and Her Children. We loved it, as much as you can love a long, episodic show that makes you squeal with pain. Bertolt Brecht's allegory of the Thirty Years' War is too close to events occurring right now -- not, so far, on our homeland, but in the lands our soldiers are supposed to be liberating, and in other places. See also Uptown Boys by Bruce Weber, on the theater's founders and their aims in this production, from the New York Times.