August 06, 2013
The Son & The Post
Posted by David Zaring

If you'll excuse two barely business-related observations:

  • The Son, by Philipp Meyer, might do as a novel about business - it's about 170ish years of a Texas family, with a basic theme that getting frontier-rich required fraud and evil-doing.  But it's not an anti-business book at all.  Recommended, if you like your epics dark.
  • When I was a sprightly young lawyer in Washington in the late nineties, I got the Washington Post and New York Times delivered to my door every morning ... and I read the Post first, because it was more fun than the Times.  I knew Post reporters, too, young, interesting, and not at all embarrassed that they weren't lawyers (we hadn't really heard of finance back then in DC).  It is amazing how much that paper changed, and changed for the worse - and yet it's still the best single source on how business regulation gets done.  I'm hoping it has a rennaisance with new ownership.

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