Russian athletes prefer their steroids shaken, not stirred.
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
A young nobleman in ancient Athens fell in love with a statue of Agathe Tyche, goddess of good fortune. He hugged and kissed it, then offered the local council a large sum of money to purchase it. When his request was denied, he decorated the statue extravagantly with crowns and garlands, offered a sacrifice, uttered a lengthy lamentation, and killed himself.
There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.—Mark Twain, 1897
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