With certainty, I can say that it is becoming an obsession. What is there not to like? He's competent, intelligent, and, if not an economist by training, he is clearly enmeshed deeply in economic things. Best of all, he is utterly unattainable -- no romantic heartbreak can happen if there never was potential in the first place!
He will also keep me company while I, with fortune, produce ten pages worth of Chinese foreign policy papers this weekend, among other assignments that threaten to drain me of my livelihood.
See for yourself (click for a larger image):
To make this post a little more substantive, I should like to share some music that I've been listening to as of late. Its composer, Max Richter, calls himself "post-classical." Personally, I have always found post-[insert adjective here] terms problematic. Richter is a modern classical composer partly along the lines of Philip Glass -- namely, heavy use of repetition and minimalist elements and willingness to thrown in unconventional things like recorded voices and electronic dabblings where necessary -- and, while I do enjoy Glass's work very much, it still strikes me as ultimately abstract, cerebral, a mere experimentation in sound. Richter's work -- and I now have almost the entire body of it -- achieves an emotional depth, an unshakeable, beautiful melancholy entwined with such yearning, that it almost always leaves me speechless. "On The Nature Of Daylight" extracts from a simple string arrangement the purest musical distillation of, well, I'm not sure, for the song could just as be about the nature of night, of sunrise and sunset, of the waxing and waning of existence. A lone female soprano sings an endless note before a backdrop of string arpeggios in the sorrowful "Sarajevo." "H In New England" and "The Tartu Piano" are a perfect aural accompaniment for window alcoves and spring showers beyond. Do give one or all of these songs a listen, as I'm sure you will it/them!
♪ Max Richter -- On The Nature Of Daylight(For those who are more interested in more, I uploaded his most recent album 24 Postcards in Full Colour -- to which the last two songs there belong -- in this post.)
♪ Max Richter -- Sarajevo
♪ Max Richter -- H In New England
♪ Max Richter -- The Tartu Piano