The Naysayers

Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture. In Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel, “The Corrections,” a disgraced academic named Chip Lambert, who has abandoned Marxist theory in favor of screenwriting, goes to the Strand Bookstore, in downtown...

Getting into your competitor’s head

  To anticipate the moves of your rivals, you must understand how their strategists and decision makers think. The global financial crisis that erupted in 2008 shows, with painful clarity, that we live in an interdependent business world. In bleak times and fair,...