Put another way, the innovation of Lady Gaga in the desultory days of 2007 was the difference between becoming a youth icon at 16, as Britney and her ilk did, and becoming one at 22, after a diploma from Sacred Heart and a few solid semesters at New York University—and so, presumably, with enough Freud, Marx, and Gawker to understand her identity as a commodity, and what that really meant. For all its sonic wonders, part of what made Blackout so good in 2007 was how difficult it was to listen to: like watching a martyr being hanged, drawn, and quartered to the beat at Bucharest’s dankest, dodgiest warehouse party. The Fame, by contrast, was unmitigated fun, a likeable young trader making a killing for her personal account with crafty biography arbitrage—who knew there were inefficient markets willing to pay so much for ‘shut my playboy mouth’ and ‘I wanna take a ride on your disco stick’?” MORE —->
A multifaceted work that tightly weaves his own memoir with Austen’s biography and a literary analysis of her novels with a dissection of the spiritual and ethical lessons [William Deresiewicz] finds embedded in them, the book took form after a dean, upon review of Deresiewicz’s CV, asked “What’s with you and Jane Austen?”
That’s Republican State Senator Marty Golden of Brooklyn telling Azi Paybarah how he feels about Governor Cuomo’s push to legalize same-sex marriage. Cuomo’s been searching for votes to pass his marriage equality bill, but some in office don’t share his views on the issue—or the urgency to pass it.
The New York attorney general has requested information and documents in recent weeks from three major Wall Street banks about their mortgage securities operations during the credit boom, indicating the existence of a new investigation into practices that contributed to billions in mortgage losses.
Officials in Eric T. Schneiderman’s, office have also requested meetings with representatives from Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, according to people briefed on the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly. The inquiry appears to be quite broad, with the attorney general’s requests for information covering many aspects of the banks’ loan pooling operations. They bundled thousands of home loans into securities that were then sold to investors such as pension funds, mutual funds and insurance companies.
It is unclear which parts of the byzantine securitization process Mr. Schneiderman is focusing on. His spokesman said the attorney general would not comment on the investigation, which is in its early stages.” —
Go get those bastards.