The Wednesday Curator – 7/9/14

July 8, 2014

Out of the box, I need to mention and David “even my mom calls me Griff” Griffis. Griff is an old friend, and a mostly unsung hero for literacy in Tucson. Months ago we had a long lunch, talking about a pre-Mark Rubin Writes project. He shared Evernote as a tool, and for the Wednesday Curator it has become an invaluable tool. Thanks, Griff, for the suggestion, and for all you do and have done for our community. (Check out Evernote as a very versatile tool for having whatever you need, wherever you are.)

Michael Ignatieff, in the July 10 issue of The New York Review of Books, asks Are the Authoritarians Winning? Not a thought to contemplate happily, but it’s hard to ignore the matter.

Here are Norm Ornstein, for The Atlantic on July 3 (Corporations:  Still Not People) and Allen Sloan for Fortune on July 7 (Positively Un-American Tax Dodges). Both report on American corporations that have departed or will depart for better tax rates elsewhere … except that nothing but the address for the nominal headquarters has changed. Greece—the cradle of democracy—has failed because people chose not to pay taxes. Hmmm!

You’ll see a post below by Alex Witchel, who happens to be married to Frank Rich. He was a reason to relish the Sunday Times. Alas, he left for New York magazine and obscurity for a Tucson blogger until I read his wife’s story, googled to be sure “Alex” was a women, and found out she was married to Frank Rich. So here’s Iraq Everlasting from the June 4, 2014 issue of New York. (Frank Rich is a great, great essayist!)

Well, it’s hard to ignore impeachment talk. Rs control the House; D in the White House. Second term mid-terms approaching. Does any of this sound familiar? Sixteen years ago? True, no one has even suggested the notion of blow jobs in the Oval, but it sounds like the Rs can’t help themselves. Here’s some thinking about Sarah Palin, the Far Right’s Favorite Babe, Almost Half-Term Former Governor/Would Be One Heart-Beat Away from Being POTUS, and her demands for impeachment, by Emmitt Rensin, posted at Salon on July 8.

Finally, for this week I’m focusing on food biz. Here are two great stories from the New York Times, At Zingerman’s, Pastrami and Partnership to Go by Jennifer Conlin (July 5) and A Happy Hunter for a Must-Have Taste by Alex Witchel (July 3). Zingerman’s is an amazing success story in Ann Arbor, MI, and a place I think about visiting for a 7-10 day eat-a-thon. That aside, Ms. Conlin reports on a business model which proves that sharing your success with those who made it happen, and listening to them, makes sense.

Ms. Witchel reports on Mark Rosati, Culinary Director for Shake Shack. She notes at the outset that ”[a]t a certain point in life, you’re old enough to stop thinking that other people’s jobs sound like fun,” notes quickly that this situation may be the exception, and proceeds to demonstrate her point clearly. I’ve written several times about Union Square Hospitality Group, the Danny Meyer owned and managed organization, which owns 48 Shake Shacks around the world, along with several fine dining restaurants. Like Zingerman’s founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, Mr. Meyer knows treating people well pays well!!!


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