My regular readers, and I don't know how many or few you are, may have noticed that over the last couple of weeks this blog has fallen silent. The main reason has been pretty simple. I have not been in the mood to blog because I have been grieving over the injury and untimely death of my good friend and close professional colleague David Bradford, who was injured in a fire on Tuesday, February 8, and who unfairly, unjustly died this past Tuesday, February 22. Here is the NY Times obituary.
A piece I wrote honoring David and his accomplishments is scheduled (they tell me) to appear in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, March 1.
MARCH 1 UPDATE: The piece has in fact appeared, and WSJ on-line subscribers can access it here. I didn't feel I had the leeway to argue with their taking out a couple of small personal touches, my calling David a great economist "and a great human being" in the lead sentence, and my closing paragraph before they deleted it, which read: "Everyone who knew David, and I was lucky to be a close colleague, will remember not only his intellectual gifts and contributions, but his unfailing warmth, enthusiasm, kindness, and joy. We will all miss him."