The Joy of Halloween

I love Cathy O’Neill’s wonderful description of halloween:

For me it’s always been about the way social rules get thrown out the window and there’s a celebration of generosity and neighborliness. Costumes are the excuse to tell each other how amazing they look, and candy is the excuse to symbolically exchange a token of friendship.

She goes on to detail the halloween I have always known. And, yes eating the candy is still a big deal. I always hope that there is some left over!
So, why did she call her post The class warfare of Halloween?
Go read for yourself. Yet another example of the radical changes still needed in world culture.

On politicians, bureaucrats and the punditry

From an entertaining article in Vanity Fair about the financial debacle in Iceland:

After three days in Reykjavík, I receive, more or less out of the blue, two phone calls. The first is from a producer of a leading current-events TV show. All of Iceland watches her show, she says, then asks if I’d come on and be interviewed. ‘About what?’ I ask. ‘We’d like you to explain our financial crisis,’ she says. ‘I’ve only been here three days!’ I say. It doesn’t matter, she says, as no one in Iceland understands what’s happened. They’d enjoy hearing someone try to explain it, even if that person didn’t have any idea what he was talking about—which goes to show, I suppose, that not everything in Iceland is different from other places. As I demur, another call comes, ….

No, not all that different at all.