Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekend Links: Moonshine, lawyers, and museums

Harvard historian and influential social commentator Niall Ferguson had an interesting article in the WSJ earlier this week on how the massive growth in regulation is the primary cause of our economic woes.  As with all his articles, this is extremely educational and definitely worth the effort.

This is just a plain cool story about how bootleggers used the cave system in the Appalachian mountains during prohibition for both protection from the law, and for making great moonshine.  Great? Apparently so, due to the really clear and clean water in the area.  Oh yeah, you can go visit the caves as they're open to tourists...that might be pretty cool also!

OLS is a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright.  So this article I found at RCH is right up my alley.  It's an article from 2009 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC and does so by listing 50 interesting facts about the project.  Here are two as an inticement: 
3. Curator Hilla Rebay, a German baroness, chose the museum's architect. Some theorize that she selected Wright, a renowned American visionary, to pacify critics who accused her of favoring European creative minds over American ones.
4. To design the museum, Wright created more than 700 sketches.