The action comes at us through a buzz of nattering remarks.
Trivial details have been summoned, in part, to make a satirical point about upper-middle-class marriage-that the whole thing can slip away between the white wine and the arugula salad.
was a man telling his bosses what they wanted to hear.
a lovely guy - charming, enthusiastic, eager and modest.
One problem with capitalism is that it can create an envious attitude toward one's peers. It can hurt friendships seriously, and that's particularly true in New York. It's a kind of functional paranoia. ... That's the downside of our free and open system.
The one thing I can't forgive [Henry] for was ... the ratings were really a code intended for institutional buyers. They would know the actual rating was two degrees off the stated one. But the rest of his clients did not know that.
There wasn't much of a story. I told the publisher I've got to keep this going.
I'm cured of my stock mania. I'm very conservative these days. But this is not about investment. This is about finding a place large enough for two grown-ups, settled in their ways, where sons and daughters can visit.
His real intention appears to be to deliver a blow to the patella of a conglomerate-controlled press corps that, until recently, has indulged the Bush administration's most extravagant smears and lies, ... He has completely succeeded.
Corporate irony not only ridicules the thing it is selling but the very act of selling it. In the process it disarms critics by making anyone who goes against the flow of commerce seem clueless.