Sometimes when your heart is in the right place, it works out for you. As good a lawyer as she is (or anyone is), there’s much to be said for luck. This lawsuit is timely and strikes a nerve and positions her as the wage and labor lawyer of our generation.
The Uber lawsuit is symptomatic of life in these here United States of Silicon Graphics, the hype around the new business model overcomes common sense. The societal impact of Uber cuts both ways. Sure, it’s more convenient for us, those who don’t drive cabs for a living. You can order transportation with a fair certainty that your ride will show up (something that the cab industry has never mastered – there’s no accountability). The taxi industry in the United States grew as smelly and toxic as the back of Baltimore cab – it asked for Uber to be . . . Click here for the full article →
Kind is a centrist who has stood up to his Democratic Party when it has lost its way. He’s insisted that partisan posturing not shut down the government. He’s fought giveaway subsidies to corporate agriculture companies. Kind’s opponent, Tony Kurtz, lacks the know-how that this western Wisconsin district deserves.
Clearly, I know talent when I see it. Ms. Liss-Riordan continues to kick Uber ass, this time getting major quotage in the Washington Post. The Uber suit has legs as you can read in the article.
My feelings on Uber are mixed. I have only used UberX.
The price cannot be matched, nor can the convenience. It’s as if the taxi industry forgot everything about customer service known to man, so the argument could easily be made that Uber was self-inflicted by the taxi industry upon itself.
I’ve done about a dozen UberX rides (one in London – best price to Heathrow ever) and I’ve only had one bad ride, where the driver had no clue, didn’t pick me up where I thought he would at the airport, and took the long way home. In all cases, my drivers were immigrants from a wide swathe of countries – Ethiopia, Somalia, Croatia, Iraq, Iran, Senegal, and others. Some were fresh out of school, some middle-aged, some ex-livery drivers seeking more independence and better hours. In all but one case, they relied on income other than Uber – the driving was supplementary. Most of my drivers worked for holding companies, not for themselves.
This is a blog post I made a little over two years ago, when I sat next to Ron Kind, a Democratic Congressman on his way home to Wisconsin from Washington, DC. Read it and tell me if I saw it coming. This is the second of two parts. Click here for the full article →
Extremely happy today to announce that Samuel French’s Theatre Bookshop in the West End of London has agreed to carry Hernani, by Victor Hugo, translated and adapted by Pierre Bedard. The play should hit the hopefully fly off the shelves next week, necessitating ceaseless reorders. Yeah. That’s what is going to happen. Gwyneth will be browsing through one day and decide that she should be Dona Sol. She’ll read it, talk to someone that matters, and all of a sudden you have Hernani in Love and it is playing in the west end. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Don’t worry, this isn’t an ad for Amabilis de Sainte Croix. Woke up in this morning with the following letter in my mailbox, which I’ve copied and pasted below. The battle between Hachette and Amazon, affects all of us somehow, either as readers or consumers.
Amazon changed how you publish, distribute, and sell books. They have also influenced how authors write. I target Amazon first because it is forgiving. Bits can change. Amazon makes writing and publishing accessible to people like me, who have few illusions, just drive or whatever. I will never be Stephen King. I need to be Pierre Bedard without boxes of unsold books in my garage.
Amazon allows relatively easy access to a mass worldwide market for my books. Right now I’m a KDP Author, and that’s almost as good as pretending to be an Author, and a hell of a lot cheaper. When you look at a company’s balance sheet, the first thing to look for is inventory. Again, the unsold books in the garage.
Letter reprinted below
Dear KDP Author,
Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 . . . Click here for the full article →