The Precision of Luck, by Joel Rea, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 48 inches. © Joel Rea, courtesy the artist and Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City. 


Volume IX, Number 3 | summer 2016

Dame Fortune

Lewis H. Lapham

La Soledad

Robert Coover

Oil in the Can

Eric Banks

Voltaire’s Luck

Roger Pearson

The Gorgon’s Head

William Kentridge

Our Savior

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Dream Reading

Ann Fabian



Voices In Time

Venture Capital

1826 | Monticello

Skill Is Not a Crime

1983 | Ottawa, IL

Fortune’s Child

1660 | Port-Royal des Champs

Chasing the Pot

1852 | Indian Bar, CA

Trading Places

1609 | Stratford-Upon-Avon

Render Unto Caesar

c. 100 | Rome

Sea Changes

1851 | Frankfurt

Stumbling Upward

c. 1846 | London

Hazards of Misfortune

1814 | Arcueil

Development Bank

1793 | Philadelphia

Known Unknown

1878 | Cambridge, MA


1536 | Basel

Pay to Play

1732 | London

Fortune’s Expensive Smile

1875 | Amherst, MA

Heads or Tails

1761 | Coxwold

Calculated Exuberance

1936 | Cambridge

Natural Causes

c. 85 | Shangyu

Charts and Graphs



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The World in Time

Roger D. Hodge

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