“Before Brûlé was a professional tastemaker he was a freelance war correspondent in Afghanistan. That career ended in 1994, when he was 25, and the jeep he was riding was attacked. He had bullets in both arms, and while he was recovering, his body filled with morphine, he had a vision. According to an interview with Businessweek, he then decided the most important things in his life were “friends,” “living in a great house,” and “wanting to travel and see the world.”—
“On one end of the spectrum is the Spirit model. We don’t aspire to be that, but I do admire their model. This industry is on the verge of letting customers choose what’s important to them. Airlines have always been viewed as a “yes or no” company. Allowing consumers to choose from a menu, build your own airline seat/experience is great. The ability to segregate out people who just want the rock bottom fare versus the person who wants it all, it’s something we don’t really do well today.”—Delta’s Chief Marketing Office fangirls out for a moment
“I did these depressing phone interviews with TV actors and I was one of twenty they were doing in an hour," Mr. Lawson said. "But that’s good; I mean you would have to cut your teeth there to become the next Virginia Heffernan or whatever.”—NYO
In 1933, Bankhead nearly died following a five-hour emergency hysterectomy due to venereal disease.Only 70 pounds (32 kg) when she left the hospital, she stoically said to her doctor, “Don’t think this has taught me a lesson!”
“[Ed Note: Omri is only one of our three writers currently flying around on AYCJ passes. All writers purchased their own passes at full price and planned their own travels. Stay tuned for more reports from the AYCJ front lines.]”—THREE writers on ACYJ passes. Plus the current Frugal Traveler. It stands to reason that this promo was sold out almost exclusively to the media, as they’re the ones who have the “free time” to take advantage. Good practice for being unemployed.
“(Worth noting, Vick’s post-game tweet: “Thanks for all the support, but let’s keep in mind we lost the game. No reason to celebrate and our leader k kolb went down.” Rehabilitation.)”—Shanoff, with the non-recidivist parenthetical of the morning.
“On Friday, another News Corp. daily, The Sun, published an interview with Mr. Collins in which he accused the BBC of trying to bully him into silence. Mr. Collins said he had been treated like a second-class citizen, working under short-term contracts and arranging his own pension and health insurance, as the three stars of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, lorded it over him. Even the nickname The Stig was taken from the derogatory label for new boys at the private school that Mr. Clarkson and Mr. Wilman attended as teenagers.”—Sigh. Even the Stig doesn’t get health insurance.
“There is one engine, a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that squeezes out an indifferent 120 horsepower. So the Fiesta is slow. Then again, so are its competitors. But you should not drive alongside rivers near college campuses, because you might get passed by varsity crew teams.”—NYT
“The scenario that I always like to picture is a person leaves work at the end of the day and they have three hours to kill, and the fact that they have Foursquare on their phone means there will always be something that they should be doing.”—