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When I was trying to get into the ad business I quickly learned to be shameless. Wallflowers and polite young people taught to say Mr. and Ms. were at a distinct disadvantage.
So I changed my ways in order to get someone, anyone, with a job in advertising to hire me. A friend of a friend worked for legendary copywriter Tom Messner, pictured at right, who was part of an attempt to reconstitute the Tuesday Team, that group of top shelf ad guys who created Continue reading
Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future
Mark R. Levin
Ever since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed getting a package in the mail. Paradoxically, the mystery contained in the big envelope or box remains even when I’ve place the order myself.
So when I found a Jiffy bag on my doorstep one day last fall I was intrigued. I hadn’t ordered anything. What could Continue reading
How Americans (or anyone else for that matter) would react to a New York/Tri-state dream ticket.
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
Catholic schools do a good job of making sure you know about Catholic heroes. Like Junipero Sera. Perhaps you’ve heard of the good friar? Founder of California’s missions?
Whether you have or haven’t is irrelevant. I bring it up only because the flat accents of NPR‘s on-air staff led me to believe that there was a financial journalist I hadn’t heard Continue reading
A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ’08 and the Descent into Depression
Richard A. Posner
Judge. The word suggests a lot of things. A sense of right and wrong. Belief in truth as a non-relative concept. A willingness to face facts. And all those great synonyms: probity, rectitude, morality, virtue, honesty and on and on. There’s even a book in the Bible entitled Judges just in case you missed their importance. (I promise it’s there, right between Joshua and Ruth.)
Not all judges are up to that standard. Luckily Continue reading
The Price of Politics
Something about yard work seems to tick Bob Woodward off.
Before I get to speculating just why that might be, though, allow me to remind you who Mr. Woodward is. As a bright young reporter on the Washington Post metro desk, Mr. Woodward and his former partner Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate story.
Maybe you heard about it? Brought down the Nixon presidency. Made journalism cool for Continue reading
The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker
A snapshot of how things get on my radar.
Sunday night, late August. Homeward bound from Long Island. My wife suggests we make a quick stop at the supermarket on the far side of the GWB. I agree and stay in the car with the sleeping child. Searching the Sunday night radio ghetto for something, anything, to pay attention to. Music exhausted I turn to WNYC and find a show with a weird title for public radio in this market–Speaking of Faith.
Faith is one of those words that always catch my ear so I stuck around. And I was glad I did. What ensued was a nearly hour-long conversation* with Mike Rose, an academic at UCLA with whom I was unacquainted. Rose studies education but initially it was his back story Continue reading