As unemployment crept toward 10% last year, the drug giant Pfizer decided to do a good deed. For customers who had lost their jobs during 2009 and lacked prescription coverage, Pfizer would supply 70 of its name-brand drugs, from Lipitor to Viagra, free of charge for up to a year.
White House communications director Anita Dunn fired back at criticism from TV commentator Glenn Beck on Friday, saying that a Mao Tse-tung quote Beck took issue with was picked up from legendary GOP strategist Lee Atwater.
When I was a teen, I tried to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. My goal: Memorize its contents, be on TV game shows, win cash and prizes, run away from home, move to Manhattan and become a professional writer.
Take an intellectual crisis in economics, mix in some French philosophy and cook for a year or two in the heated brain of celebrated economist Joseph Stiglitz. The result: a missed philosophical opportunity.
Bill Miller has a different notion of leisure reading than most of us do. Here's a partial reading list (brace yourselves, Grisham fans): Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman, Wittgenstein's Place in Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy, Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear. Oh, and he wants to read some poetry -- perhaps Paradise Lost, John Milton's tale of Satan's fall from grace.