April 2023 Magazine

Our April issue explores financial literacy, the enduring myth of Ayn Rand, and the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Also featured is Sally Haver's nostalgic recollection of Cambridge in the 1960s and Robin Lindley's interview with Kermit Roosevelt III. Patricia Vaccarino's book review of White Cargo offers a controversial perspective of slavery, albeit white slavery.

Book Review: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

The young poet corresponds with the master writer Rainer Maria Rilke to get advice; he wants Rilke to comment upon his work.  Instead of critiquing the young poet’s work, Rilke dodges his request. Write what you know, he tells the young poet.

Your Money Matters Mentoring: Helping young people think about their relationship with their money

Clinton Taylor, founder and executive director of Your Money Matters Mentoring, wants to reach teens and young adults in economically vulnerable communities. His Auburn, Washington-based nonprofit provides financial literacy classes for teens and young adults so that they can get the financial skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives. 

Robin Lindley Interviews Kermit Roosevelt III

Acclaimed professor of law and author Kermit Roosevelt III calls for a reexamination of America’s past and our myths in his provocative and illuminating recent book The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story (University of Chicago Press).

Ayn Rand Shrugged:Time to Reject a Dangerous Doctrine

While Rand idealized the rich and powerful and endowed them with virtues they often don’t have, she was hostile to all the rest of society.  She opposed all welfare, all help for the poor, all infrastructure spending, and proposed that taxes be made voluntary.  


There is an iconic photo of Owen DeLong, my dear friend Jane’s ex- late-husband, that encapsulated the era – Owen, in the fullness of his young adulthood, suspended in midair, part-way between a diving board and the water, with a long-stemmed rose in his teeth and no safety net. That was all of us  -  beautiful, indestructible, frozen in time, wild with anticipation of the next amazing adventure.

The Shape of Risk

The sad saga of the downfall of Silicon Valley Bank. Too big to fail? How many times must the banks sing the same old swan song?

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America

White Cargo, a meticulously researched narrative, proves slavery in America was much more than a matter of racism and was instead rooted in greed, corruption, power and economics. The existence of indentured servants in pre-colonial America has been recorded in historical annals. For a person to enter into a contract to be an indentured servant for a precise span of time to pay for one’s passage to America often appeared to be an earnest pursuit. What is not always apparent is the evidence of the untold numbers of men, women and children who were forcibly made slaves, albeit white slaves.