Have you seen the list of nihilistic password-recovery questions that’s going around? Examples: “What is the name of your least favorite child?” . . . and . . . “On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?”
Betty P.: “Per your suggestion, I printed out the Hamilton lyrics and downloaded the music. Bob and I listened to it FOUR times before we saw the matinee on Wednesday. And we are still listening to it in our heads. It made our ‘Hamilton’ experience magical!”
☞ Actually, you can save big bucks by not seeing Hamilton at all. Or at least until the next batch of regular-priced tickets is released for year-end 2016 / early 2017. Just see it “in your head,” as often as you want, free. It’s great treadmill music: be thrilled, inspired, and heart-healthy.
But even as Hamilton describes the country’s contentious founding, so Jane Mayer’s Dark Money describes its more recent confounding — as sampled in this interview. How a tobacco-industry lawyer and a few wealthy right-wingers set out to undermine the intellectual class they saw impeding capitalism — professors, scientists, and such. And how the Koch brothers, whose dad co-founded the John Birch Society, currently lead that effort.