WSJ's Jason Gay: Forget Parades--This is New York
“I think this is New York at its best—right now, in crisis, still raw, digging out, recovering. The past day and a half since the arrival of a historic storm has brought traumatic devastation—lives have been lost, homes have been leveled, fires have ravaged blocks. A relentless city has been stopped in its tracks.
… Still, throughout this storm and its aftermath, the sinking news of damage and heartbreak gave way to true stories of community—little gestures as well as courageous ones. Emergency personnel who continued to brave dangerous conditions. Firefighters who didn’t quit. A rescue worker lifting a toddler from a canoe. Those brave hearts at NYU Medical Center, shuttling fragile patients out of a hospital that lost power. A long queue of ambulances on First Avenue, ready to rush them to safety.
That’s New York. This hard city has a rap for its bravado and steamrolling self-assuredness, and there’s some truth to it, but there’s also a small town underneath. Right now it doesn’t matter if you’ve been totally spared, mildly inconvenienced or had a life turned upside down. Everybody seems to know they are part of this, that a big city has become a little more like a neighborhood. A Journal story by Demetria Gallegos on Tuesday described hundreds of volunteers coming forward to help in the recovery effort, including a Queens resident who wanted to help neighbors in smoldering Breezy Point. ‘I don’t have much else to offer,’ she said, ‘other than my hands.’
Maybe the Yankees can get it together after a dreary October. It’s probably best not to count on the Knicks, the Mets or the Brooklyn Nets, but who knows? Strange things always happen in sports. And when that championship day comes, the city will gather on streets that were underwater not long ago, and the city will again feel like a thrilling place to be.
But that’s not the heart of New York. This is.”
What I like about women is always strength, but Chinese women are even stronger. It’s like strong women on steroids. I also realize they are fragile. All women are the same really: They are strong, but they are afraid of their own strength.
Diane von Furstenberg, on what the Chinese woman symbolizes to her
“The announcement likely marks the end of one of the most extraordinary careers in U.S. business history. Mr. Jobs not only co-founded Apple—and the personal computer industry along with it—but decades later played a central role in reshaping the music, movie, animation, and mobile-phone businesses.”
Yukari Iwatani Kane for WSJ
Not everyday you find a CEO who has a hand in the company’s $400 share price increase in a little over 10 years. Steve Jobs, my true definition of a leader.
Tweeted this earlier, but I still can’t get over this story, or how much of a staged publicity stunt this was. Also to be noted, Ms. Elizabeth Holmes has my dream job…reporting on the business of fashion for the Financial Bible, and God knows I have much to say on this particular subject matter.
WSJ: 'Dilbert' creator Scott Adams on How to Tax the Rich
I have spent some time working in the television industry, and I learned a technique that writers use. It’s called “the bad version.” When you feel that a plot solution exists, but you can’t yet imagine it, you describe instead a bad version that has no purpose other than stimulating the other writers to imagine a better version…
With that technique in mind, I will describe some bad versions of how society might go about the job of convincing the rich to accept higher taxes on themselves. But first I need to address the illusion of fairness.
Thought-provoking piece that CSOM would have a potential field day with.