The first thing Gutenberg sought to publish, after the Bible, was a laxative timetable he called a “Purgation-Calendar.
Telling a story that is consistent with everything that happened before,
the world of “preserving
That’s what happens when you’re thirty-seven years old: you do the things you always did but the result is somehow different.
The man who groped for the new new thing was in many ways ill suited for mainstream business.
The exercise was meant to illustrate the powerful instinct people have for finding causes for any effect, and also for creating narratives. “The
A big bonus was about as well concealed on the Salomon Brothers trading floor as the results of a hot date in a high school boys’ locker room.
He shouted into the phone, “That is fuckin’ awesome. I mean fuckin’ awesome. I fuckin’ mean fucking awesome. You are one Big Swinging Dick, and don’t ever let anybody tell you different.
It said something about the ability of the free marketplace to mold people’s behavior into a socially acceptable pattern. For this was capitalism at its most raw, and it was self-destructive.
When banking stops, credit stops, and when credit stops, trade stops, and when trade stops-well, the city of Chicago had only eight days of chlorine on hand for its water supply. Hospitals ran out of medicine. The entire modern world was premised on the ability to buy now and pay later.