Volunteers in white lab coats, surgical gloves and masks stood on the back of a pickup truck Monday along the banks of the Nile River in Cairo, rummaging through stacks of rare 200-year-old manuscripts that were little more than charcoal debris.
Winter winds and the Midwest’s biting cold have kept me inside this wintery season. I need music to match my mood and to match the unrelenting grey that January promises.
The calmness and simplicity of Emily Jane White’s style may come from her California upbringing or the time she spent in the French countryside. But there’s something soothing about all of her music but also a little bit dark.
Wild Tigers I Have Known is off her 2007 debut album. I like the combination of her brooding lyrics (You keep your heart from your chest/It’ll be gone just like the rest/’Cause it’s a man’s world) with a voice that is simply enchanting.
Bread riots, combined with corruption, massive government debt and increased taxation, resulted in the French Revolution and the loss of King Louis XVI’s head. American patriots fought for independence after the imposition of harsh new taxes on things like tea. And Adolf Hitler’s rise to power was birthed by the turmoil and hardship created by the Great Depression, the gold standard’s tight money and Germany’s insistence on austerity to pay its World War I debts.
We haven’t seen chaos just yet. But based on this economic view, and given the contents of last week’s big eurozone agreement, Europe could be close to serious trouble. And we’re headed that way.