Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Make Good Art

This past week I attended my daughter's graduation events; I have many happy memories.

While we were staying (in the dormitory) at the university we met a couple from Florida. They spoke with pride of their daughter, who wants to pursue a career in publishing. At our first meeting I mentioned my books in passing; by the second time we met the woman (Yael) had downloaded and read my first book.

I never got an email address or a last name, but I hope Yael finds this post. I ran across a great commencement address given by Neil Gaiman, and I think Yael's daughter would love it:

"No one knows what the landscape will look like two years from now let alone a decade away . . . which is on the one hand intimidating, and on the other immensely liberating."

"The gatekeepers are leaving their gates. You can be as creative as you need to be . . . the old rules are crumbling and no one knows what the new rules are."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Once again, reality imitates TAKEDOWN

Computer glitches caused a failed IPO? Say it isn't so.

Oh, and where have we seen this before?

A reader recently mentioned that Dan Decker's motivations in TAKEDOWN are very similar to John Corzine's at MF Global. Both men started with the best intentions as they tried to save failing institutions, and both ended up committing fraud to achieve their ends. Is Dan Decker different from Corzine? How does each co-opt their colleagues in implementing their plan? In some ways Decker is more honest about his dirty dealing . . . what do you think?

PBS Frontline has a good, short video about Corzine's takedown of MF Global: