I have from time to time written here about the joys and sorrows of the amateur violist. Generally speaking, to take a phrase from the late great Rodney Dangerfield, we violists don't get no respect. [Typical viola joke, of which there are hundreds: "What is the difference between a viola and a lawnmower? Answer -- You can tune a lawnmower."]
Well, that is all about to change, big time. The NEW YORK TIMES announces today that a viola made by Stradivarius, one of only ten remaining, will be auctioned off with the starting price forty-five million dollars. That is three times the astronomical price fetched by a Stradivarius violin, previously a record for a string instrument.
Ha! You can keep your lawnmower, wise guy.
Now, back to reading Thomas Piketty about inequality.