It wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive if I’d been expecting it. Hiking along in the Santa Monica Mountains conservancy land this afternoon just after sunset, I turned to my right (just east of Northeast) and saw the full moon half-risen over the San Gabriels on the other side of the San Fernando Valley.

The sky was still blue, but the mountains were orange-pink with the sunset. The moon looked huge, as it does near the horizon, and I was struck by how Picassoesque the Man in the Moon is. But the scene was pure Ansel Adams, which is the best thing I can think of to say about Ansel Adams.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: