July 12, 2009
From the LA Times, covering the Allen & Co. Annual Media Mogul Petting Zoo in Sun Valley:
Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer may have had the best quip of the day. Asked about the success of Twitter and other social networking sites, Stringer said: “A lot of people are doing very well at making very little money. It’s not a club I’m looking to join.”
April 27, 2009
After reading today’s excerpt in the NYT Magazine, I’m very much looking forward to reading Christopher Buckley’s memoir, Losing Mum and Pup. It’s quite a family of letters when the son despairs of having written only 14 books, becasue the father wrote more than 50 to complement 45 volumes of columns in his day job.
But I epsecially loved this quote from Thomas Carlyle, which son says described father perfectly, forming “the solopsist’s definitive credo:”
Let me have my own way in everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.
Well, even we solopsists need words to live by.
February 20, 2009
Circa 1850 in the Richmond Examiner:
too many of our gazettes are in the hands of persons destitute at once of the urbanity of gentlemen, the information of scholars, and the principles of virtue”,
January 15, 2009
Full ‘Talk of the Town piece here:
It’s like everybody’s in mourning. It’s like a member of the family has died, and its name is Money.
January 15, 2009
Quoted in a recent New Yorker profile:
Conservatives believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth.
November 13, 2008
One of the things that keeps me optimistic about an Obama administration is that by temperament, he doesn’t seem the type to claim a mandate. One of the things that makes me cautious about an Obama administration is that he damned well better govern as if he has one. Will:
For now, the president-elect is coming to terms with something noted by Ambrose Bierce, the 19th-century American wit who wrote “The Devil’s Dictionary.” He defined “president” as the leading figure in a small group of persons of whom it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want them to be president. Tuesday night, Obama, in his agreeably subdued speech in Grant Park, seemed to feel the weight of that.