Weekend 160.0 (WSJ Edition)

(1) The Twilight of Battle

The Fighting Temeraire by J.M.W. Turner

“The great battleship being towed up the Thames by a squat, steam-powered paddle-wheel tug. All the glory of the past is being dragged to oblivion beneath the cloud-haunted light of a setting sun. It is a picture that tells a story, and it is consistently voted Britain’s favorite painting.”

The fighting Temeraire
Built of a thousand trees,
Lunging out her lightenings,
And beetling o’er the seas

– Herman Melville, The Temeraire, 1866

“Never more shall sunset lay golden robe on her, nor starlight tremble on the waves that part at her gliding.”

– John Ruskin

(2) Why the Mind Sees the Future in the Past Tense

(2a) Less Than a Full-Service City

(3) When Clarity Isn’t a Virtue

(4) Subsidy Trains to Nowhere

*I generally start Saturday with a cup of coffee from Starbucks and a copy of the Wall Street Journal Saturday/Sunday edition AND what a rewarding endeavor. How else would a business graduate learn a word like uchronias?

Counterfactual worlds are known as uchronias—a variant of the word utopia (Greek for “no land”), substituting chronos (“time”) for topos (“land”).

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