New York City

On 9-11 in 2013

Ray Greiselhuber

I’m reading “never forget” everywhere today. What I will never forget is how much true freedom we have sacrificed in order to feel safe from those who supposedly “hate us for our freedom.”

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Uniqlo in New York Magazine

Lengthy and very positive profile of Uniqlo in New York Magazine.

Seemingly out of nowhere, their cheap, skinny rainbow-colored basics became a kind of New York uniform. Just how did the Japanese discount brand become the hottest retailer in the city?

Obviously Uniqlo needs to expand on the coasts (Yanai tells the reporter, SF, LA, and the announced additional store in NYC) but it’s still unclear to me how the brand would do in American cities beyond, say, the top 10.

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Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes

If you’re like me and was riveted by the excerpt of Michael Lewis’ new book in Vanity Fair, and missed Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes, be sure to catch it all online. There’s a bunch of web-only pieces with Lewis and Michael Burry as well. It’s amazing to think that some investors in Burry’s funds who were so angry at the large bet that Burry made (and won) that they pulled all their funds out as soon as they were able to.
Inside The Collapse, Part 1

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Inside The Collapse, Part 2

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Extra: The $8.4 Billion Bet

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Extra: Wall Street Misfit

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Extra: Is Wall Street Overpaid?

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Extra: Bailout Blues

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Adam Richards rebuts Lisa Katayama on NYT otaku culture article

I was uneasy after reading Lisa Katayama’s piece on otaku culture in the NY Times Magazine last weekend. I tried to put my thoughts into a blog post but nothing coalesced.
Adamu at Mutant Frog Travelogue has a rebuttal and questions some of Katayama’s fact-checking in what I think is a great blog post that encapsulates a lot of my thoughts on this topic. If you read that ‘Love in 2D‘ article, please take the time to read Adamu’s rebuttal:
Nemutan’s revenge – some fact-checking and reaction to the NYT story on anime fetishists

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Issey Miyake op-ed in the NY Times

The fashion designer, Issey Miyake, who is a good friend of my family, has an anti-nuclear weapons op-ed in the New York Times.

If Mr. Obama could walk across the Peace Bridge in Hiroshima — whose balustrades were designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi as a reminder both of his ties to East and West and of what humans do to one another out of hatred — it would be both a real and a symbolic step toward creating a world that knows no fear of nuclear threat. Every step taken is another step closer to world peace.

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