Stefan Lorant, Part 3

Stefan Lorant was a dashing, debonaire fellow when he was young, and even in his late old age he remained attractive to women. One forty-year-old divorcée recalls having an affair with Lorant when the latter was in his eighties. “He was impossibly romantic,” she told me. read more »

Stefan Lorant, Part 2

Wherever Stefan Lorant went in his life – whatever job he held, whatever town he lived in, whatever nation – he had a remarkable knack for being in the right place and for sniffing out who the most important people were and meeting and befriending them. read more »

Stefan Lorant

Stefan Lorant, the pioneering photojournalist, was born at the turn of the twentieth century and died, ninety-six years later, at the century’s end. read more »

A Coat of Varnish, Part 8

China’s Xi Is Having a Really Bad War

Putin’s War Is Xi’s Worst Nightmare. Headline above Craig Singleton’s article in Foreign Policy read more »

A Coat of Varnish, Part 7

Whose Fault is the Ukraine War?

[Post-Cold War], many American elites embraced a vision of a US-led ‘liberal international order’ which could theoretically integrate the entire world… into a single, globalized whole. Stephen Kotkin, Princeton University read more »

A Coat of Varnish, Part 6

Will ESG Finally Grow Up?

ESG is a huge, gross gravy train for fund managers, consultants, and marzipan layer technocrats of various flavors. The whole thing is rotten. If you work in the space, your choices are to be a useless idiot trolling in the trenches for what you think is a good cause, be a feckless knave in it just for the money, or find something else to do. Robert Armstrong in the Financial Times read more »

A Coat of Varnish, Part 3

Let’s Talk Nukes

If a third world war is such a crippling worry, how can the premise of NATO be credible? Its effectiveness has always depended on the belief that NATO is indeed prepared to run the risk of nuclear war. Martin Wolf in the Financial Times read more »

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