Monday, September 10, 2007
Some time back, I was talking with a friend about a common acquaintance and my friend said, 'I think he's got money. He raises longhorns.' It came to me in a flash, an epiphanic moment: Longhorns are bovine koi carp -- strangely marked, expensive, redolent of a devotion to some kind of cultural conservatism, edible but unlikely to be eaten, meeting Veblen's evidences of conspicuous consumption. An amazing world, innit?