For a long time I refrained from deleting my popular book-reading social website account because as a book-reading person I felt this was the sort of website I should support with my personal information, as opposed to- well, pick one. Also, I like to list things, I have a lot of books, I have a lot of friends who read books. This’ll be great, I thought, as I input my personal...
The problems at UBS aren’t inadequate risk controls, which Mr. Adoboli brazenly...– Nailed it, James B. Stewart. In a previous life I wrote occasionally about investment banks and the people who worked in them, and one of the many things that fascinated me about this was the way bankers described “the culture,” as though it were a fog that surrounded but did not consist...
We shot this interview with Gary Johnson right before he found out he was being allowed in the Orlando debate. If you ever need a character actor to play, like, Exasperated Uncle Fred, Gary Johnson is your guy.
Things I told myself during an attempted crossing...
(Context.) “You put on lipstick before you left the house. The expensive red one. Nothing bad can happen to you when you are wearing expensive red lipstick.” “You’re listening to Bruce Springsteen. Nothing bad can happen to you when you are listening to Bruce Springsteen.” “Look at that blue sky. You’d never fall off a bridge on a day like this.” ...
Not only ladies be talking, but ladies talk to punish their men!...– Important talk
Things to do with a melon in Brooklyn
Woke up, contemplated the unidentified late-summer melon that’s been hanging out in my fridge for a week. Felt sort of reckless. Found a can of coconut milk in the cupboard. Remembered I had two barely-used jars of powdered ginger—one cheap supermarket brand, one potent Penzeys number. (Aside: one of the most humbling things about moving is discovering the far reaches of your spice...
Bang your head
Michele Bachmann is not a man: Quite unlike prior presidential and vice presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, Bachmann has consistently downplayed the fact that she is a woman in her campaign. She never mentions any of the barriers that would be broken if she were to become the first female Republican presidential nominee or the first female president. She doesn’t...
I equate happiness with contentment, and contentment with complacency, and...– Oh, Hugh.
To the man who nearly ran me over on Canal Street...