The other day in one of my art classes I put on a Steely Dan CD. While the chorus of "Deacon Blues" drifted through the studio, I noticed one of my students singing along. I mentioned that I was impressed that he knew the song. He explained that it's one of his grandma's favorites.
While I would love for the company to raise its dividend or buy back more stock, Apple needs to show that it can pioneer, envision and make manifest what we do not know that we want but once it exists we cannot live without.
The story of how China's political elites have been able to leverage their power to make a quick RMB is alluring, but it is also important to keep this in perspective and remember that most of China's richest owe their success to their distance from, rather than their connections in, Beijing.
The main reason John Lennon doesn't turn up in the pages of the Enquirer having just been spotted at a supermarket, is that in his message -- one of a lasting hope for peace -- there is nothing to mock.
The problem with the US is not that we're too big to govern or that government is too big. Our problem is vision: we're stuck in the age of dinosaurs and we don't get it. Americans need to shake it up: emphasize growth rather than profits. Americans need to think different.