Richard Bove's alarmist, snarky defense of big banks.
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines—and now it's a cliche with no connection to a great book.
What a year of retrospectives missed about the martyred president
What the JFK retrospectives all missed is that JFK was psychologically inconsistent. Only his context explains him.
The 'Christmas Carol' curmudgeon is a forward-thinking liberal
Now that Christmas is safely behind us, and the mob atmosphere of virtue and piety has evaporated; now that, in the post-holiday doldrums, the stacks of wrapping paper have removed themselves to their ghastly translucent plastic bags and the dead trees have begun, one by one, to lie across the sidewalk, forming their final, horizontal forest, in premonition of the universal fate—now, at gloomy last, something should be said on behalf of Christmas's eternal victim, the ever-persecuted Scrooge, who, for all his failings, got one large thing right.
The most important books in shaping my thinking.
The real secret about perversion? It doesn't exist.
A Guantamo detainee says he's been allowed to read 1984, but not the actor's "Booky Wook 2"
F. Scott Fitzgerald died 72 years ago today. Read this old review of The Beautiful and Damned.
What the maestro doesn't understand
Alan Greenspan went from pragmatic central banker to ideologue. In his memoir, he poses as the former but writes like the latter.
Everybody's crazy about Jane.