The Lotus Eater

Somerset Maugham wrote a famous short story once called The Lotus Eater (here's an ad-free and almost typo-less version that you can read for nothing), about a 35-year old banker from London who chucked it all one day to go live on Capri on an annuity that would expire in 25 years, at which time…

The Elephant’s Memory

The prolific novelist and esteemed motor-cycle riding (which killed him, at the age of 49), rebel upstate New York university professor once wrote that the inferior writer writes derivatively -- or something along those lines. And if I were in the mood to write a derivative post today, I would pen some moody piece about…

Dealing with Failure

The observable fact is that things are improving.  That is the current datum. Why is that? I am not sure.  For 17 long years, things were going downhill. I am an emigrant from Egypt and the UK. I came to this country in the late 60s. I lived in NYC, and worked in Fintech most…