Daily Office:


Matins: Call it Serene Socialism: the Crown Estate, which administers land belonging to the Queen of England, will match investments in deep-water wind turbines.

The decision by the Crown Estate to pay up to half of all pre-construction development costs has brought a huge surge in applications for the latest round of licensing, with almost 100 companies wanting to build wind farms far into the North Sea.

Prime: Comes now Michel McGee, laid-off trader, in Laid off by Lehman. Now that he’s “salt of the earth,” he’s thinking of maybe working at Starbucks, which is a special joke all by itself. (Merci, Édouard)

Tierce: Our current copyright laws create issues that swarm like mayflies at the intersection of politics and property law. What happens when everything that a candidate tells a reporter is copyrighted and, through a narrow reading of the “fair use” doctrine, made unavailable for use by his or her opponent? When — much worse — those remarks remain unknown to everyone who doesn’t buy the reporter’s employer’s product, whatever it might be? Lawrence Lessig opines.

Sext: From Sunday’s Times Magazine (which I never got to), a truly heartwarming story about schooling autistic teenaged boys. Melissa Fay Green reports.

Because the goal of D.I.R./Floortime is the kindling of a student’s curiosity, intelligence, playfulness and energy, the lessons can take on a spontaneous, electric quality. I have seen sessions with young children during which the child and his or her therapist or parent tumbled across the house, behind the sofa, into closets or onto the porch, picking up balls, puppets, costumes, books and snacks along the way. At T.C.S., classes can look like debates between equals; school days can include board games, sports, plays, science experiments, music, art, ropes courses or rafting trips in which all students and teachers playfully compete, contribute and perform. All the boys at the school probably have average or better intelligence. Onlookers might call a few “high functioning” (though that adjective has no clinical meaning), and T.C.S. is an accredited high school and middle school, offering college prep and high-school courses to students able to complete a conventionally rigorous course of study. (Other students pursue less-demanding tracks oriented toward getting a G.E.D., attaining job skills or developing independent-living skills.) So it’s not all fun and social time. But rote learning is never the goal; the goal is that the students should be able to think, to feel, to communicate and to learn. Most of the kids are making the first friends of their lives here.


§ Matins. Doubtless many of HM subjects feel that the Windsor’s personal property ought not to be. But the family have developed a genius for acting as a useful counterweight to market forces, not so much bucking trends as rounding them out and seeding alternatives.

§ Prime. The raunchy “joke” near the end brings Kevin Spacey to mind — Kevin Spacey in Working Girl.  

§ Tierce. As a writer, I believe in the right to own my work. I believe in it so deeply, in fact, that I don’t believe that anyone ought to be allowed to buy it from me. If they want it, they can rent it.

§ Sext. Just as we learn about healthy brains from damaged ones, perhaps we can learn how to run schools from helping challenged kids. Trickle up!

One Response to “Daily Office:

  1. Fossil Darling says:

    Lehman trader : brilliant self-promotion.

    The Crown Estates : they owned the Kings Head Hotel, Gr Bircham prior to my brief and disastrous tenure; how I wish they had bought it for windmills and taken me out at cost….ah….another life…..