A. J. Liebling

Southern political personalities, like sweet corn, travel badly. They lose flavor with every hundred yards away from the patch. By the time they reach New York, they are like Golden Bantam that has been trucked up from Texas – stale and unprofitable. The consumer forgets that the corn tastes different where it grows.

Southern political personalities, like sweet corn, travel badly. They lose flavor with every hundred yards away from the patch. By the time they reach New … Read More

There is a healthy American newspaper tradition of not taking yourself seriously It is the story you must take that way… And if you do take yourself seriously, according to this sound convention, you are supposed to do your best not to let anyone else know about it. (Like bed-wetting.)

There is a healthy American newspaper tradition of not taking yourself seriously It is the story you must take that way… And if you do … Read More

Forget that New Orleans is actually a little like the Combat Zone with French cooking, it still happens to be part of the great state of Louisiana where people play the political game the same way it’s played in Lebanon. The place is one layer after another of tribes, factions and at least a million laughs.

Forget that New Orleans is actually a little like the Combat Zone with French cooking, it still happens to be part of the great state … Read More

Our hypothetical rich client might even have ordered a Pommard, because it was listed at a higher price…He would have never learned [about other wines]. A man who is rich in his adolescence is almost doomed to be a dilettante at table. This is not because all millionaires are stupid but because they are not impelled to experiment

Our hypothetical rich client might even have ordered a Pommard, because it was listed at a higher price…He would have never learned [about other wines]. … Read More

The fighter (like the writer) must stand alone. If he loses he cannot call an executive conference and throw off on a vice president or the assistant sales manager. He is consequently resented by fractional characters who cannot live outside an organization.

The fighter (like the writer) must stand alone. If he loses he cannot call an executive conference and throw off on a vice president or … Read More

News is like the tilefish which appears in great schools off the Atlantic Coast some years and then vanishes, no one knows whither or for how long. Newspapers might employ these periods searching for the breeding grounds of news, but they prefer to fill up with stories about Kurdled Kurds or Calvin Coolidge, until the banks close or a Hitler marches, when they are as surprised as their readers.

News is like the tilefish which appears in great schools off the Atlantic Coast some years and then vanishes, no one knows whither or for … Read More