A culture and its people are symbiotic—the culture attracts certain kinds of people and the people in turn either reinforce or evolve the culture based on their values and what they’re like. If you choose the right people with the right values and remain in sync with them, you will play beautiful jazz together. If you choose the wrong people, you will all go over the waterfall together.

— Ray Dalio Principles



“Pro-existence means that man should be for existence, not against it. The external universe is there because God created it.”

“Only in creative activity do we externalize the identity we have as men made in the image of God. This then is the true basis for work.”

— Udo Middelmann


In the first hot month of the fall after the summer she left Carter (the summer Carter left her, the summer Carter stopped living in the house in Beverly Hills), Maria drove the freeway. She dressed every morning with a greater sense of purpose than she had felt for some time, a cotton skirt, a jersey, sandals she could kick off when she wanted the touch of the accelerator, and she dressed very fast, running a brush through her hair once or twice and tying it back with a ribbon, for it was essential (to pause was to throw herself into unspeakable peril) that she be on the freeway by ten o’clock. Not somewhere on Hollywood Boulevard, not on her way to the freeway, but actually on the freeway. If she was not she lost the day’s rhythm, its precariously imposed momentum.

— Joan Didion Play it as it Lays


China is now the seventh-largest producer of wine globally, and has more acreage devoted to vineyards than any other country besides Spain.

Jiayang Fan “Can wine transform China’s countryside?” The New Yorker


“We know all about you,” [CEO Mitch Lowe] said at the keynote, appropriately titled “Data is the New Oil: How Will MoviePass Monetize It?”

The data collection information elicited some nervous laughs from the industry crowd, many of whom raised their hands to show they were MoviePass subscribers.

“We get an enormous amount of information,” he said, noting the company knows subscribers’ addresses and can glean demographic information based on where they live. The company also can track subs via the app and a phone GPS.

“We watch how you drive from home to the movies,” he said. “We watch where you go afterwards.”

That sort of data fits into a long-term revenue plan.

“Our bigger vision is to build a night at the movies,” he said, whereby MoviePass would direct subscribers to places to have dinner before or after a screening, for instance, getting a cut from vendors.

— Stephanie Prange “CEO Mitch Lowe Says MoviePass Will Reach 5 Million Subs by End of Year” Media Play News