Apologies in advance for this, but a minor mixed metaphor bleat. Today’s NYT carries a (worth-reading) David Leonhardt piece titled “Rise of the Super-Rich Hits a Sobering Wall”. Now, it is possible that the NYT believes that people can be made sober, even rich ones, by smashing into a wall. It is a testable hypothesis, and I’m sure we could find volunteers to smash a few drunk super-rich into walls (for which I bet we’d have the IgNobel Prize people calling), but in the absence of new data this was a lousy choice of words.
There, I feel better now.