Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Capital Markets


There was a knock on the door of 221B Baker Street, where the nameplate above the buzzer read “S. Holmes.” A woman opened the door, showing in a sullen, heavily cloaked figure. She was accustomed... Continue

The Stories We Tell


In Salman Rushdie’s novel, “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” a small boy, his father, and a band of unusual characters strive to save the mythic Sea of Stories from destruction by... Continue

Catch 2012


An older man named Yossarian stopped by the office the other day. No first name, just Yossarian. I mentioned that Yossarian was the main character in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, the satirical 1961... Continue

I Live In a Land


In 1855, Walt Whitman—America’s “First Poet”—published Leaves of Grass, a collection of 12 poems about the landscape of his inner feelings and thoughts as projected on a still young... Continue

Our Modern Age of Exploration


In 1914, toward the end of the Age of Exploration, former US President, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and famed Brazilian scientist and explorer, Colonel Candido Rondon, led a team of naturalists and... Continue

What’s Our Context?


In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, (1776), British historian Edward Gibbon began his tale with Trajan, emperor from 98 to 117 BCE, when Rome was at its geographic zenith. He traced Rome’s... Continue