Canadian cultural historian Jeet Heer is the author of In Love with Art: Francoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman, which will be published by Coach House Books in the fall. His essay “Canada Reads…at what cost?” was anthologized in The Best Canadian Essays collection for 2012. With the cartoonist Chris Ware, Heer has edited the Walt and Skeezix series from Drawn and Quarterly, now entering its fifth volume.
John Maynard Keynes was the sexiest economist who ever lived. This might seem like half-hearted praise since in our mind’s eye the typical economist appears as a dowdy and almost always balding man, full of prudential advice about thrift and the miracle of compound interest. Keynes, with his caterpillar moustache and mesmerizing bedroom eyes, cut a more dashing figure.
He had many lovers of both genders, and was married to one of the great beauties of the age, the ballerina Lydia Lopokova. His genius at playing the stock market allowed him to enjoy the life of bon vivant, socializing with the writers and artists of the Bloomsbury group such as Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster rather than dull number crunchers he knew at Cambridge and in the British Treasury. While other economists focused on maximizing economic growth, Keynes wanted to go further and maximize the pleasures of life.