What will said oligarchs and financiers get for their zeros? Space. Some amenities. A view. The knowledge that they are blocking out the sun, much like Mr. Burns once did in Springfield, before he came to a bad end.
Of course, room, board, and entertainment cost her $164,000 a year, but she gets to travel the world and dance every night. Maybe she’ll even meet a Jack Dawson!
We as a nation should be all about expanding access to an affordable community college education.
Now, for $9.99, you can have glitter sent directly to your enemies.
The man I will always think of as Beetlejuice won a Golden Globe last night for his performance in the heady, propulsive comedy Birdman. In his emotional acceptance speech, Michael Keaton revealed that his original name is Michael Douglas. (The other famous Michael Douglas with whom you might be familiar is the firstborn son of actor Kirk Douglas, who became Hollywood royalty but started from very modest circumstances: he was born Issur “Izzy” Danielovitch to Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York.) This Douglas also revealed that he grew up rough:
In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple: Work hard, don’t quit, be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful, also to never whine ever, never complain, and, always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.
My name’s Michael John Douglas, I’m from Forest Grove, Pennsylvania. I’m the son — seventh child — of George and Leona Douglas. And I don’t ever remember a time when my father didn’t work two jobs. When my mother wasn’t saying the rosary or going to mass or trying to take care of seven kids in a rundown farmhouse, she was volunteering at the Ohio Valley Hospital where I was born in the hallway.
It was a rousing speech, and it reminded me that we in America love stories of hardship, as long as they have happy endings.
The most pirated film of the year is a film about thieves and crooks. That sounds about right.
The Billfold is hosting a night of honest storytelling about money on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Housing Works Bookstore Café, and if you’re in the area, we’d love for you to attend.
Professors throughout Cambridge are outraged that the health care reform reform many of them helped champion means that, though more people will be served and protected, they might also experience slight increases in cost.