Hippity Hop, Dough Boys

The Cowboy has become a regular listener of EconTalk, Russ Roberts’ podcast from George Mason University.  There has been a link to the site on this blog for some time, in the Money Talks section.  The Cowboy highly recommends it.

Roberts and John Papola have a new project: econstories.tv.    The video project is in the same vein as Roberts’ most recent book, The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity.

To make things easy, here’s the background (just some quick and light reading):

And since all things are circular, note that Keynes’ wife, Lydia Lopokova (née Lopukhov), was a dancer with Diaghilev’s Ballets RussesShe and Keynes met during a 1921 London production of Sleeping Beauty, wherein Lopokova danced the role of Aurora and the Lilac Fairy (presumably on different nights).  He was smitten and returned night after night.

Having stared dreamily at his share of Auroras, the Cowboy can sympathize with the poor man’s plight.   Ah, the Grand Pas…

Viviana Durante & Zoltan Solymosi, Grand Pas de Deux, Act III, Sleeping Beauty, 1995, The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London

And don’t even get me started on the Lilac Fairy.  She definitely broke the Cowboy’s heart.

Before meeting Keynes, Lopokova had an on-again off-again affair with one of the Cowboy’s musical heroes, Igor Stravinsky, who was married at the time.  Perhaps it was just a rite of spring.  And before her Bloomsbury, she had an Algonquin.   The woman definitely got around.

From Wikipedia:

“Until now, Keynes’s closest relationships had been with the members of the Bloomsbury group, especially Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, who had been the great love of his life. They and other members of the group, such as Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey, found Lydia difficult to accept and were resistant to her partnership with Keynes for many years even after their marriage took place.[8] (Some of them later regretted their snobbery; E.M. Forster, for example, wrote: “How we all used to underestimate her.”) However, she maintained friendships with many other members of London’s cultural elite of the time, including T. S. Eliot[9] and H.G. Wells.[10] During these years she became a friend of Picasso, who drew her many times. Lopokova is represented as Terpsichore, the muse of dancing, in The Awakening of the Muses, a mosaic at the National Gallery, London, laid by Boris Anrep in 1933.”

Of course Keynes got around too.

So, animal spirits or Austrian School?  Who’s dope and who’s wack?

The Cowboy, as a longstanding Chicago boy with an Austrian accent, has to admit that he too has seen the wisdom of Keynes in recent years.  As the Cowboy has said before:

“In a foxhole, everyone’s a Keynesian.”

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