30 4 / 2011
Had a bizarre dream last night. I was meeting Nassim Taleb and George Soros for lunch at a restaurant on 42nd and 6th, in a downstairs area of the Bank of America building. (Which doesn’t exist in real life, but it was light-filled and hotel-like.) The two of them were plugging their new movie, a feature film made by a venerable Italian director and based on an odd-couple theme. Taleb is a scruffy tramp with an overgrown beard and tatty clothes, while Soros is super dapper, in colorful suits, everybody loves him. They’re friends, but Taleb keeps on thinking he’s embarrassing his friend, so he slinks away and Soros has to run after him. It’s all a bit weird, so the US distributor decided it would get a Hollywood type to cut the trailers in an attempt to gin up interest in the film. Unfortunately, they ended up hiring Ben Stein — so the trailers ended up being incredibly unfunny, and no one went to see it, which was a shame, because despite its odd premise it was actually a funny, thought-provoking movie. Oh, and did I mention that somebody stole my iPad? All in all, very glad it was only a dream.