The Creator of 'Transparent' Talks Amazon, Family Secrets, and TV Sexism
The creator of Amazon's "Transparent" talks about Jeffrey Tambor's feminine side, watching the Oscars, and the trouble with True Detective.
Except these people
The wary silence surrounding Amazon has ended up forcing a small handful of voices to serve as mouthpieces for the industry at large.
Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?
A corrective for market triumphalists
Obamacare haters insisted only the government could botch a website like healthcare.gov. Then Christmas came around.
Drones could be a force for good.
Everybody agrees that healthcare.gov is working much better than before. Everybody also agrees that it’s not working as well as it should. So what’s a fair way to evaluate its progress? One way is to compare its performance to commercial websites. Two smart writers on the right, Philip Klein and Megan McArdle, have made that case in the last few days. Here’s Klein:
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mother told a story about my grandmother's college days. She went to school in Washington, D.C., but she sent her laundry back to her parents in Cleveland. She'd put it on a train, and it'd be back to her in no more than a couple of days—the train service was that frequent and efficient. This was the late 1920s or early 1930s.
And what to do when government catches up
*/ In 1992, when the Supreme Court adjudicated a dispute over sales tax between Quill Corp., a Delaware mail-order office-supply company, and the state of North Dakota, it inadvertently altered the future of e-commerce. The Court ruled that mail-order companies did not have to collect sales tax on customers in states in which they had no physical presence.
How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries
You hardly have to wait in line at Barnes & Noble anymore. The cashiers stare into the middle distance, while on the sales floor, space for books steadily erodes. Instead: toys, magnifying glasses, doodads for the desk. Also: Nook devices, which are supposed to represent the future. Except the Nook division is actually doing worse than the stores themselves.
How the literary agent still makes millions off highbrow
Learning from Andrew Wylie