Michael Kinsley Quotes

In two famous books, The Affluent Society (1958) and The New Industrial State (1967), John Kenneth Galbraith argued that in modern economies, producers are mostly satisfying demands that they themselves have created. You don’t need to be persuaded to buy bread when you’re poor and hungry. This cannot be said about that home bread machine […]

Though hardly scientific, (my survey) tended to confirm my suspicion that people like buying books more than they like reading them. And of course, in the famous formulation (credited to Gloria Steinem, among others), writers don’t like writing – they like having written. They like having written under the impression that this means they will […]