Between the Issues

Democracy, Populism, and the Tyranny of the Experts, Part III

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. (Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, identifying the first step in building a better society)

What Will the Shell Cracker Bring Along with It?

Orange plastic curtains protect passers-​by from blow torch-​wielding workers who are learning to weld in a new training facility for Steamfitters Local 449. The building on the border of Butler and Beaver counties represents an $18 million bet on a building boom that economists and government officials say the nearby…

Animal Friends Celebrates Wellness Center Grand Opening

On Sat., July 15, Animal Friends celebrated the grand opening of the new Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center, an $8.5 million, 18,400-square foot facility on Animal Friends’ 75-​acre campus in Ohio Township.

Democracy, Populism, and the Tyranny of the Experts, Part II

I launched this series of posts by taking a brief tour of a regrettable society called Acirema, in which a race of experts called Masters, though a tiny minority, lorded it over a sub-​race of non-​experts called Slaves. We’re back, now, in America and wondering if Acerima society might offer…

4th of July, Pittsburgh

Six years ago it was Chicago, a party at Jeff’s. Nate was still alive. It was the night we made out on the train. I locked myself out of my apartment and had to call Eddie the Maintenance Man, drunk, to let me in, prayed I had $40 in my…

Night in the Tropics

The National Aviary’s 15th Annual Night in the Tropics attracted about 1,300 party-​goers on Saturday, July 8th.

Democracy, Populism, and the Tyranny of the Experts

Is it better never to put your ideas in writing and thus be thought a vacuous fool, or is it better to launch your own blog and remove all doubt?

Cash is King

Since the end of the Financial Crisis eight long years ago, a notion has settled across the land that “cash is trash.” This is the bunkmate of the “TINA” principle: There Is No Alternative to owning equities.

Explaining Donald Trump, the Conclusion

I have met the enemy, and he is me. (What Trump, channeling Pogo, should be saying to himself every morning.)

A Baker’s Ways

Calling it “Joe’s Bakery” would never work. Who wants to buy pastries from some guy named Joe?

Latin Mass

A hawk taloned to a light post above the frozen pond. Two boys shovel a rink.

From Pittsburgh to Venice, Through the Looking Glass

Maybe my 6th or 7th Biennale. I can’t remember anymore. The art, the parties, the timeless beauty of this most impractical, magical city blurs my vision, my memories.

Mattress Factory Celebrates 40th Anniversary

A party 40 years in the making drew a sell-​out crowd of 1,400 to the Mattress Factory on June 16, during which founder Barbara Luderowski offered a good-​natured response to whether she ever expected reaching such a milestone when the museum first opened in 1977.

Explaining Donald Trump, Part V

Donald Trump has been such a disruptive agent during his first few months as President that it’s easy to dismiss him as hopelessly incompetent. That would be a mistake: one common way MEPs (mega-​entrepreneurial personalities) prevail is because other people write them off as unhinged lunatics. I’ll get to the…

Three Simple Questions on the Markets, Part III

We asked a group of the region’s leading wealth managers to pen a response to three questions about the markets and how they approach current conditions. Here are their responses to the final question: If you had to put all your money in one asset class today and couldn’t sell…
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