I scraped up the money to buy a cheap ticket on Icelandair to London. He knew that the remark would get back to me, and he probably calculated it as a bit of reverse psychology. One was how customers should pay for the content in the changing news business--a self licking ice cream cone; in my opinion. The editor who had found me gave me a nervous look. These were ideals I felt could use a little exalting at the time.
Very Disappointing I was all ready to give this book five stars. To that I plead guilty. A history he has studied and written about for many decades. Once again, I was exposed to the specter of Bill Clinton. Did you really take nude pictures of Soon-Yi? There must be plenty of people like me or this book would not have been published. I liked to think that I had the ability to drive into any small town and, within a day, meet enough new people that I would find a really good story.
He has a mix of brilliance, competitiveness, personal drive and intensity that is now reflected in the Microsoft company and the people they hire. Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The first real writer I ever met was Walker Percy, the Louisiana novelist whose wry philosophical depth and lightly worn grace still awe me when I revisit my well-thumbed copies of The Moviegoer and The Last Gentleman. I pieced together a tangled web involving secret land purchases combined with nefarious adjustments to zoning laws. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. Reagan hated bureaucrats but compromised when he wanted a policy pushed forward. He has a clear way of presenting his subjects and delves deep not only into life details but the things about the person that proves his thesis: genius is not just about intelligence but about creative thinking.
Ann said he was a writer, but it was not until after his first novel, The Moviegoer, gained recognition that it dawned on me that writing was something you could do for a living, just like being a doctor or a fisherman or an engineer. When I arrived at the airport, I cockily presented my Sunday Times press credential at the car counter only to be told that I was not old enough to rent one. The interviews took place in a French Quarter hotel, and I was spending my Christmas break shucking at a nearby oyster bar where, fortunately, nobody had any idea what a Rhodes scholarship was. He also offers loving tributes to his hometown of New Orleans, which both before and after Hurricane Katrina offered many of the ingredients for a creative culture, and to the Louisiana novelist Walker Percy, who was an early mentor. Technological innovation combined with the Big Sort has made sure that the era of centralized government is over in favor of decentralized and personalized government.
That is now my greatest worry as I contemplate the so-called writing life that I hope to continue—and that I hope my daughter and all future generations will continue. I found most of the pieces well written and was left wanting to know more. Although I had many opinions, I was never quite sure I agreed with them all. David uncoiled himself into full alert mode, assuming that it must be some thug hired by the Lord Provost, and barked to me that I should take the elevator and he would take the stairs. Had this book been a collection of original essays--in the sense they were written for this book--this would have been great. The intro is 20 pages of Isaacson trying to convince us that, despite being a Harvard white man and a Rhodes Scholar who wrote for the New York Times, The Washington Post and Time, where he was later editor, he's really just a Nawlins' good ole boy. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.
Didn't know Einstein had a problem with authority and got kicked out of school, where his teachers assumed he would never amount to anything? I scraped up the money to buy a cheap ticket on Icelandair to London. Pentimento refers to the reappearance in painting of an underlying image that has been painted over. It is fitting, then, that while helping out in New Orleans he found his next biography subject: fellow Big Easy native Louis Armstrong. Isaacson is just as clubby as his pal George Plimton, whose Harvard eulogy is included, and just as superficial. After all, we are the only country in the world that has the luxury and thus the responsiblity of mixing idealism in our foreign policy initiatives. I always placed more faith in the artist's intent as being more than simply recycling a cheap panel.
He weaves the stories in coherent way. Years later, Bill Clinton surprised me by recalling the questions he had asked and the answers I had given. I picked Benjamin Franklin, because I felt the country was becoming too ideologically and politically polarized. That, she noted, was me writing about my father. While interesting on the one hand as a window into the commentary on current events juxtaposed by the hindsight of history, these pieces are generally not as well written as a work of history with the same goal in mind. He wisely limits his efforts to meaningful moments starting with our founders and moving forward to our heavily technology driven present.
In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Due to the internal pressures of a crumbling economy, Gorbachev had to seek an arms control summit thus refocusing resources into internal development. During one of the many New Orleans floods that afflicted our basement even before Katrina, that chest and its contents had been destroyed. With that and a bit of luck, I was able to predict correctly the exact order and vote percentages for all twelve candidates. Far more powerful for me than the slightly deformed looking man was the mysterious image of a woman painted underneath.
What are the roots of creativity? I subscribe to a thirty-year statute of limitations. Thanks to my job, I was able to rent one of the apartments in the Pontalba Buildings, which flank Jackson Square. I think he saw the future when the Berlin wall came down that totalitarian regimes cannot survive the information age. What makes for great leadership? At the time, my daughter, with all the wisdom and literary certitude that flowed from being a thirteen-year-old aspiring novelist, pointed out that I was not a real writer at all. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. It was thus that I learned, though only moderately well, another lesson that is useful when traveling in the realms of gold: that poking fun at the pretensions of the elite is more edifying than imitating them.