She was great, but the mania at Sotheby’s last week is a little scary, if you ask me. A friend who’s not exactly rich, and who’s normally a bit sticky when it comes to parting with money, got caught up in it all and bought +a silver-plated toothbrush holder, estimated to be worth $200 to […]
The first time I ever heard about GEICO, was 1973. Funny name for an auto insurance company. But my estimable editor at NEW YORK Magazine — a magazine published for people who by and large don’t own cars, because they live in New York, where you’re crazy to own a car — told me to […]
Earth Day has come and gone, and what did you do about it? Me, too.
But here’s something you can do:
Step #1: Grab a copy of the April Atlantic Monthly at your library, or if you can still find one at the newsstand.
Step #2: Read the article by two Energy Department deputies called […]
“Moreover, despite the low 5.6% unemployment rate, wages remain relatively stagnant, and polls find many Americans worried about layoffs, job security and a perceived stagnation in living standards.” — Wall Street Journal April 10, 1996
It’s tough out there. Nothing I’m going to say is meant to minimize that.
But the perceived stagnation in living […]
The last couple of days I’ve been touting the Diners Club card.
This despite the fact that I own no stock in Citicorp, its parent (I sold too soon!), but do own stock in American Express, its competitor. And despite the fact that American Express, bless its heart, gave me a card my senior […]
Yesterday I described the virtues of the current Diners Club deal. Today, compare two diners at Bice (pronounced “beach-A”) on Miami Beach (a spin-off of the same restaurant in midtown Manhattan).
One diner folds his napkin neatly and pays the $80 bill with a plain old Visa card on which he perennially runs a balance. […]
Competition is heating up in the discount-dining field. I’ve previously recommended the Transmedia card and the IGT card (In Good Taste). When you can get them without the $50 annual fee, as you sometimes can, you have nothing to lose. And if you use the cards at restaurants that honor them, in parties of six […]
The last two days I “reviewed” Jim Stewart’s #1 best-seller on the Clintons, Blood Sport. What Stewart found, basically, was that there was very little “there” there.
Vince Foster really did kill himself. Whitewater was the most passive of investments for the Clintons — a dumb one, but who of us has not made dumb […]
Yesterday I said a few words about Blood Sport, my friend Jim Stewart’s meticulous examination of the charges against the First Couple.
It turns out, for example, that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s $100,000 commodities profit was really not rigged after all. She did nothing wrong. One wonders whether George Washington would have fared as well with […]
I’ve just finished reading Blood Sport, my friend Jim Stewart’s latest #1 best-seller that meticulously examines “Whitewater.” (Whitewater, needless to say, has become a metonym* for all alleged Clinton wrongdoing.)
According to Blood Sport, the Clintons are not perfect.
But it also turns out, as regards the substance of the attacks against them, there’s very […]
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