The Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market for the Next 100 Years, 1992, should not be confused with The Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market of Tomorrow - To...moreThe Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market for the Next 100 Years, 1992, should not be confused with The Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market of Tomorrow - Today, 1987. Neither has much practical use today, but may be of some historical interest. Both were marketing tools, designed to sell Nasdaq to the investing public, brokers, etc. Nasdaq is now a big player, and doesn't need this sort of help.
I did find Chapter 15 interesting: Screen-Based Trading and the Globalization of Markets. This was leading edge technology before the internet. Today, anyone can do it. That chapter was written by Bernard L. Madoff. At the time, Madoff was chairman of the board of directors of Nasdaq, Inc. (less)
Five stars for honesty and intensity. (And a sixth star for damn good writing.) It’s like a brick upside the head for us ordinary folk sleepwalking thr...moreFive stars for honesty and intensity. (And a sixth star for damn good writing.) It’s like a brick upside the head for us ordinary folk sleepwalking through life. Like much of Lisa Carver’s writings, these are personal and mostly autobiographical essays. Some have appeared in other publications.
There are 17 parts plus intro and outro. The theme of Money, and its evil twin, Power, run throughout. Part of the book is about dating some unorthodox businessmen. One of those stories is so gripping, it should be made into a movie. I think the greater story is about the struggles of a single mom, raising her daughter and special needs son.
A fun chapter is “Literary Death Match.” This happened on June 25, 2009 at the Bowery Poetry Club. ”This is the speech I made at the 2009 New York City Literary Death Match: This week, I got fired by a sex magazine for describing what pee tastes like.”
The speech isn’t really about pee. It’s a five page manifesto about the infernal triangle of advertiser, publisher, and writer. She concludes with “Live Free or Die!” "Live Free or Die" is the motto of the State of New Hampshire. It is tattooed on Lisa’s right arm.
On page 98 she wrote “He really did sell his soul. He did it because he believed in capitalism. (He had Trust But Verify tattooed on his arm!)”
Something else happened that day. After the Literary Death Match, Lisa blogged: “I loved NY ... ... I got out of my car and a foreigner with greasy corkscrews grabbed me by both shoulders and said, "Michael Jackson is dead! ... “
This is Lisa Carver’s eighth book, and it is self-published. For most of the 1990’s, Lisa published Rollerderby zine. In those days before Lulu (founded 2002), it was a more manual process, but not as bad as the early days of samizdat (Russian, implying self-published) where mere possession could get harsh punishment. Finding this book on Goodreads is tricky. It is mixed in with over 20 other books titled “Money for Nothing.” Today, you can find Money’s Nothing listed on Amazon, or buy it direct from the author. (less)
(Before the title page) “Years ago, someone who was twenty-three in 1900 gave me an inkling what Art Nouveau meant for his generation. I was speaking a...more(Before the title page) “Years ago, someone who was twenty-three in 1900 gave me an inkling what Art Nouveau meant for his generation. I was speaking against it to my uncle Jean Schlumberger when he retorted: ‘We were suddenly discovering nature. It was spring, plants were shooting everywhere … we felt a vitality, an enthusiasm. Ma petite, you cannot imagine what it was like!’ “ Dominique de Menil, Director Institute for the Arts, Rice University
This is the catalog of a remarkable exhibition held in 1976, first at the Institute for the Arts, Rice University, then at The Art Institute of Chicago. The title page says Yvonne Brunhammer et al. The exhibition and catalog are both major works. Although the credits take three pages, Dominique de Menil gives first credit to Yvonne Brunhammer, Conservateur, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. There are sections on painting and graphic arts, posters, sculpture and decorative arts, and architecture.
The exhibition mesmerized me. I bought the catalog on the spot. This fascinating reference book is still available in the used book market.
Dominique de Menil and her husband John, compiled an astonishing amount of Surrealist, Cubist, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. This may be seen at the Menil Collection, a free museum in Houston. Have you ever seen that large bronze founders plaque at the Centre Pompidou? Her name is on that plaque. (less)
A few words about the title, “Eichmann in Jerusalem.” It is concise and accurate in identifying the trial of 1961, but it gives no clue about the insi...moreA few words about the title, “Eichmann in Jerusalem.” It is concise and accurate in identifying the trial of 1961, but it gives no clue about the insights that lie within. I generally dislike subtitles, but this one, “A Report on the Banality of Evil,” is where the action is.
This phrase, which generated so much controversy, appears only on the title page, and once in the text, in the postscript. Later editions include an excellent introduction by Amos Elon, who used the phrase many times. I had seen the phrase before I knew of the book, and it had no special meaning to me.
That changed in October 2013. The British artist Banksy spent that month in New York City creating his signature street art. The Mayor called his work vandalism, not art. Possibly in response to that comment, Banksy purchased a banal oil painting in Housing Works, a thrift shop. The 36”x24” landscape was signed by K. Sager. I doubt that it cost more than $100. Banksy then oil painted in a Nazi on a bench enjoying the view, signed it, and titled it “The banality of the banality of evil.” He then donated it back to Housing Works, which put it on an auction site for charities. It sold for $615,000. Housing Works motto: “fighting to end AIDS and homelessness.”
My dad gave me this slightly used paperback when I was about 16. He hoped that I wouldn't pull practical jokes on others, but would be aware of them,...moreMy dad gave me this slightly used paperback when I was about 16. He hoped that I wouldn't pull practical jokes on others, but would be aware of them, and not fall victim. Some of the jokes were quite clever. Most were lame.(less)
Dance, Dance, Dance is a very satisfying early work from Murakami. It has his usual mix of great dialog, mystery, and crazy weirdness. There are some...moreDance, Dance, Dance is a very satisfying early work from Murakami. It has his usual mix of great dialog, mystery, and crazy weirdness. There are some familiar elements, a female with beautiful ears, references to American music, and, of course, a cat (this one died). The sheep man and Dolphin Hotel are from the preceding novel, A Wild Sheep Chase.
If you read this book, don’t try too hard to make everything add up. Just go with it, and have fun. (less)
This update is a (4%) progress report. Scroll down to beginning. ***** This is an early (2%) progress...moreYet another update … July 22, 2013 … at the end.
This update is a (4%) progress report. Scroll down to beginning. ***** This is an early (2%) progress report, and a warning to fellow goodreaders.
After thoroughly enjoying What Pooh … I was thrilled to learn that Manny had published another collection of reviews. This one is about ROMANCE. One look at the cover, and I was sold. That researcher on the cover looks hot. With those glasses, she could pass for a librarian. One genre that I’ve neglected lately is Pulp Fiction. Now is my chance to make amends.
So, with a quickening pulse, I went to the index to look for the good parts. My soaring elation turned into crashing disappointment. There’s no action in the index, just proper names. Not the names I was expecting. These are the names with the most entries: God @ 16 Christ, Jesus @ 7 Einstein, Albert @ 6
You get the picture. I’ll eventually plow through this collection, and give it a suitable review. ***** 4% Progress Report: Redemption! After striking out with the index, I tried the Table of Contents, and found a section called Trash, with five sleazy pieces.
***** And now, the review: If Research Were Romance earned all the stars. I got my fix of guilty pleasures in the Trash section. A few more selections and perhaps a cameo by Jessica Rabbit would have been welcome. I’m thinking of recommending If Research Were Romance to OCTPFAS, one of New York’s most respected book groups. It might be the next reading choice of the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society. Here’s an OCTPFAS member enjoying an advance copy of The Secret Lives of Married Women in Central Park on April 10, 2013.
The next review to catch my eye was Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. Ah, yes, my favorite physicist. Q. What do Manny and Feynman have in common, besides a keen interest in physics and an Erdős number of 4? A. They both had frustrating experiences with NASA. A lot of very smart people had frustrating experiences at NASA. Another such person is Peter Norvig (Erdős number = 3). He came to the attention of the general public with his brilliant translation of the Gettysburg Address into a PowerPoint presentation. He said the boring PPTs at NASA drove him to do it. http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/sld001.htm
I was briefly tempted to do this review in PPT, but that would have been stooping to the level of A Visit from the Goon Squad. Besides, PowerPoint was introduced after Feynman’s death. You should feel lucky to have escaped.
Norvig admired Feynman enough to quote him on his website. ”There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers”. - Richard Feynman
The largest section is Part XI, Science and God. These reviews are so good that I won’t poke fun at any of them. My favorite of this bunch is Exposition du système du monde by Pierre-Simon de Laplace.
I think the key to getting the most from If Research Were Romance is to have goodreads open, and read the comments that follow the reviews.
***** Yet another update ***** OK, enough of that silliness. This is important. The most significant sentence in this book slipped under my radar on the first reading. Hiding like a land mine in the Foreword is this:
”Cathy and I are right now trying to write a serious book about science and religion … ”
Wow. Whenever this comes out, I want to read it. The problem is that it might be more than I can handle. We aren't talking about parody, slap-downs, or a celebrity death match. This could be the real deal. One trains for a marathon, right? Well, I need to prepare, and I hope this next sentence in the foreword is useful guidance:
”The last section contains reviews of some of the more interesting things we've read as part of the background Research … “
I’m hoping that the 20 books reviewed in Part XI, Science and God, will be enough prerequisites. I’m starting with The First Three Minutes because it’s a nominee for the September selection of the GR Science and Inquiry group. I’m open to additional guidance. (less)
The North River is an alternate name for part of the Hudson River next to Manhattan. Pete Hamill tells a fine story. A little too sugary for my taste,...moreThe North River is an alternate name for part of the Hudson River next to Manhattan. Pete Hamill tells a fine story. A little too sugary for my taste, but I was hooked. My favorite part was the historical detail of New York in the 1930’s.(less)