Ben Florsheim

The Problems With the Publishing Industry

In one tiny sentence, everything that is absurd, backwards, self-deluded, and contemptible about the dying publishing industry: [Amazon has] devalued the concept of what a book is, and turned it into a widget. That’s Dennis Johnson, publisher, quoted in a Salon piece called “Amazon is worse than Walmart.” The impetus for that headline is President… Read more »

What Does Obama See in Larry Summers?

As DC-reporting supercouple Ezra Klein and Annie Lowrey informed the world last week, Larry Summers, the former Clinton treasury secretary, Obama economic advisor, Harvard president, and Aaron Sorkin character, has emerged as a top contender in the Fed-stakes for Ben Bernanke’s job. Summers-mentum has snuck up on and perhaps overtaken the wind at Federal Reserve… Read more »