Monday, March 21, 2005

Techno-spaz strikes again: I really did create a Laffer curve, but can't figure out how to "implant" it

Max's home-made replication of the historical martini napkin upon which, it is alleged, Arthur Laffer made history...


RossieMBanks said...

An empty comment for an empty post.

You find a magic red pencil and hey, presto can make three instant changes to the publishing industry. However: the changes must be specific (not 'market books better') and measurable (not 'only publish -good- books!').

For example:

1) Publishers never offer advances less than $10,000 or more than $1,000,000.
2) Bookstores purchase stock outright--no returns.
3) The hundred best-selling writers tithe ten percent of income to underwrite a weekly prime-time book-club/talk show, preferably hosted by Mindy Cohen. (Fact of Life! You know.)



A VOCATION OF UNHAPPINESS [Courtesy Georges Simenon (1903-1985)]

"Writing is considered a profession, and I don't think it is a profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else. Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy."

PRACTICAL MARKETING [Courtesy Zornhau, 2005]

"They should put the 1st couple of pages up in subway adverts. Having read them several times, you'd feel compelled to try the book - if it was any good."

PLATE OF SHRIMP [Courtesy Alex Cox’s REPO MAN, circa 1984]

"A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don't realize that there's this like lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. I'll give you an example, show you what I mean. Suppose you're thinking about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly somebody will say like "plate" or "shrimp" or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness."