Today I was reminded of a riddle from junior high:
Q: What do you get when you cross an elephant with peanut butter?
A: Peanut butter that never forgets, or an elephant that sticks to the roof of your mouth.
The occasion was a link from Tyler Cowen to a new book by Garry Kasparov and . . . Peter Thiel.
Kasparov we all know about. I still remember how he pulled out a victory in the last game of his tournament with Karpov. Just amazing: he had to win the game, a draw would not be enough. Both players knew that Kasparov had to win. And he did it. A feat as impressive as Kirk Gibson’s off-the-bench game-winning home run in the 1987 Series.
It’s an odd combination, sort of like what you might get if Rickey Henderson and Peter Angelos were to write a book about how to reform baseball. Cowen writes, “How can I not pre-order this book” (that is, Kasaparov/Thiel, not Henderson/Angelos), but it sounds like to me like it could be a mess.