"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Saturday, August 29, 2009

And though the news was rather sad, well I just had to laugh

Michiko Kakutani's review of "A Gate at the Stairs."

"Eyes Wide Open" by Jonathan Lethem
From "In Fed We Trust," by David Wessel
Barney Frank, the congressman from Massachusetts, proposed declaring Monday, September 15, to be Free Market Day. On Sunday, the Fed and the Treasury let Lehman fail; on Tuesday, they took over AIG. "The national commitment to the free market lasted one day," Frank said. "It was Monday."

Article on Barney Frank in the Boston Globe.

Frank on Planet Money.

Monday, August 24, 2009