Say of the Day: Sony’s Howard Stringer

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.”


Say of the Day: Thomas Carlyle

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.

Say of the Day: John M. Daniel

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”,

Say of the Day: The New Yorker from Palm Beach

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.


Say of the Day: Barney Frank

January 15, 2009

Quoted in a recent New Yorker profile:

Conservatives believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth.

Say of the Day: Pimco’s Bill Gross

December 31, 2008

“The only willing risk taker is the government,” said William H. Gross, the chief investment officer of the Pacific Investment Management Company, or Pimco, the giant bond trading firm. Speaking of the epicenter of the financial world, he added: “It is no longer New York, it’s Washington.”

Full NYT article here.

Say of the Day: James Surowiecki on Newspapers

December 15, 2008

The peculiar fact about the current crisis is that even as big papers have become less profitable they’ve arguably become more popular. The blogosphere, much of which piggybacks on traditional journalism’s content, has magnified the reach of newspapers, and although papers now face far more scrutiny, this is a kind of backhanded compliment to their continued relevance. Usually, when an industry runs into the kind of trouble that Levitt was talking about, it’s because people are abandoning its products. But people don’t use the Times less than they did a decade ago. They use it more. The difference is that today they don’t have to pay for it. The real problem for newspapers, in other words, isn’t the Internet; it’s us. We want access to everything, we want it now, and we want it for free. That’s a consumer’s dream, but eventually it’s going to collide with reality: if newspapers’ profits vanish, so will their product.

Full post from the New Yorker here.