The laws of supply and demand act as the master plot, the ledgers of merchants function like a script. Yet, for Ray, their implication is moral. In the face of hunger and desperation, civil society comes off its hinges as swiftly and devastatingly as if washed away by natural disaster. In his view, the fragile bond of humanity rests in the hidden hand of politics; his triumph as an artist is its revelation.
November 27, 2012