If I remember right, Adam, the most famous wielder of the ice pick was a Stalinist agent. You're mixing your historical metaphors!
While I have you, by the way, please sort out a mystery for me. You say all brands are manipulative, Coca Cola is amoral, but then you admit being attached to a brand such as Four Loko. What makes that alcoholic and caffeinated drink any more acceptable to you? If they manipulated you into become a customer, why did… Read more
Ah yes, I still use Neetzan's story as a perfect example of the tension between traffic and the truth.
You do indeed seem reasonable enough. Oh Rich, were you being over-sensitive again?
Hey, Jason — Thanks for your note, and agreeing to air it on Politburo. I appreciate the spirit in which it was written. This is a tricky conversation to have, diversity politics and discourse policing being such delicate matters. But let's try. Lively and candid discussion is a precondition for progress. So here goes. Read more
Excuse my ignorance of American college life, but what is the SAM house?
This is a personal blog. There is no editor. But you can make suggestions.
Yes, this is deeply embarrassing to Graydon Carter. There must have been calls. Epstein is the kind of person who makes calls, and gets others to make calls. If the girls were removed by the Vanity Fair editor, was the motive personal, commercial or editorial? Read more
Interesting, but it's not that surprising that Wexner would move to Ohio. After all, he was born in Dayton and went to Ohio State University. He seems to have an attachment to the state.
Ha, yes. I presume you mean Kevin Spacey, who played that mysterious character in The Usual Suspects. Has he been heard from during this latest round of the Epstein story?
You know your monarchy better than I do. Quite aside from any genetic factors, it is just such an unhealthy way to grow up, surrounded by flunkies and a fawning public, but subject to the merciless scrutiny of the world's most aggressive press. It's a wonder that any of the royals are sane.
Thanks, yes, you're right. But Wexner bought Victoria Secret when it was still a small chain, and reimagined the brand so completely. I think it's fair to regard him as a founder.
I'd love to know whether you have any particular reason for the strength of your conviction. More reading between the lines, or is there some other information we're missing from this thread?
Oh, nice find: I'd forgotten about that New York piece. Yes, Wexner's marriage and four children did come out of the blue. I was reminded by one of our colleagues of an old rumor among hacks that, in that late dynastic explosion, Jeffrey Epstein was instrumental too. But I don't think it's provable, or disprovable for… Read more
Here's the trick. I don't think we have to build the world's most fully-featured reader. Or the most sophisticated post editor. And our improvements to comments won't be enough either. Our task is to provide an integrated reading, blogging and commenting experience: one person's action in blogging a paragraph, in… Read more
Taxi companies don't have the resources or the expertise to develop a similarly amazing app. Everyone talks about the barriers to entry being low on the internet. They might be, when there's no internet incumbent. But once an internet startup like Uber achieves critical mass, the incumbents are economically doomed.… Read more