The Lady in Gold

“The lawyer was Randol Schoenberg, the grandson of a venerated Viennese composer who had fled the rise of Hitler. The return of this ominous heir was anything but welcome. The painting Schoenberg sought was a shimmering gold masterpiece, painted a century earlier, by the artistic heretic Gustav Klimt. It was a portrait of a VienneseContinue reading “The Lady in Gold”

The Gruen Effect

I went to the mall this weekend, like many others across the continent.  But this time it was different.  I knew about the Gruen Effect, thanks to my new-found friend, Ellen Ruppel Shell, who has given me a new way of looking at consumerism. Malls, as we know them, would not exist today if itContinue reading “The Gruen Effect”