I have been studying President George W. Bush's face recently--in newspaper photos, and on television. I'm looking for something very specific: grief. A shadow behind his eyes or a weariness at the corners, a softness to his mouth that suggests he agonizes before making pronouncements, decisions, policies.
Joseph Sass has been working at the Naval shipyard in Norfolk, Va., for more than half-a-dozen years. He's gotten consistently good reviews as a nuclear engineering technician and instructor and he's achieved enough seniority to have his pick of overtime assignments, of which there are plenty--enough to add another seven to 10 percent to most of his paychecks.
In 1992, a 29-year-old Californian named Marc Smirnoff landed in the famously literary town of Oxford, Mississippi (as in Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, et al.), borrowed $12,000 and started a quarterly magazine of high-quality writing from and regarding the South.
In the short run the market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine," the legendary investor Benjamin Graham used to say--long before events in Florida made "voting machine" the best fodder for late-night comics since "Lewinsky." Laughs for investors were few last year, though, and the voting-machine metaphor is instructive.What Graham meant was that investors often let themselves be seduced by a new industry.
We got an interesting variety of reactions to our Cover Story on baby boomers, "The New Middle Age." "Thanks for acknowledging that you can't put boomers all in one box," said one reader, "though we do love reading about ourselves!" Another declared that today's "drug culture, promiscuous sex and extreme violence had their roots in the boomer determination to destroy all rules." Several readers born in the 1960s said they had nothing in common with older boomers.
Black entrepreneurs are battling for ownership of the lucrative assets they produce for the music business. But will their continued reliance on big record companies -- and persistent violence in parts of the rap world -- stall the dream for some of them Andre Harrell, one of black music's moguls, is a "big Willy," hip-hop lingo for a big-time player in showbiz.
WAS STUDYING RAGE, I TOLD MY HOST, AN eminently successful corporate lawyer. Specifically, I was looking into the anger of middle-class blacks--into why people who seemingly had so much to celebrate were filled with resentment and rage. "Well, I can tell you why I'm angry," he began, launching into a long tale about his compensation package.