by Ted Bauman
The Sovereign Investor
About 20 years ago, my life was in transition. I’d worked full time for a nonprofit agency for a couple of years. The work was grueling and involved a lot of traveling. My boss was a supremely driven man who had little interest in life outside work and expected the rest of us to be the same.
I wasn’t. I had finished university, written a book, ended a bad relationship and felt genuinely free for the first time in a long time. I wanted to work for the property rights of poor South Africans, but I also wanted to play guitar.
About that time, I started listening to a popular British band called Radiohead. I recall telling a date — a teacher — that I was into them. She said, “Oh, yeah. My eighth-graders are, too.” That was our last date.
One of the band’s great songs, which includes a blistering solo by the peerless guitarist Jonny Greenwood, contains the following lyrics: