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Watch Margaret Thatcher Explain Why the Euro Is a Terrible Idea in 1990

Her thoughts on giving up the pound for a single European currency? "No. No. No."<p>Say what you will about the rest of her legacy, but when it comes to the economic disaster today known as the euro, Margaret Thatcher was downright prophetic. In a delightfully acidic speech delivered before Britain's …

The next decade could be disastrous for OPEC and Big Oil

Ed Morse, Citigroup’s top energy economist, has taken a fresh swipe at companies and countries that rely on the global petroleum edifice. With a typically vivid title—“The End is Nigh”—Morse argues in a new report that permanent changes in the ways we produce and consume energy are hollowing out …

Oil

How China’s exploding market for apps is exactly like Hollywood

If you want to know how to make money on mobile apps in China, you should probably look at how Hollywood makes money on its films in that country. The parallels are uncanny: In movies, it’s action films that do best; in apps—or more specifically games—it’s the same. Simplicity, a conspicuous …

Apps

Foreigners have $25.2 trillion invested in the US, a record high

US companies and citizens had $20.7 trillion invested outside their home country at the end of 2012, according to government data released today. That’s a ton of money! But it’s not as much as the rest of the world has invested in the United States: $25.2 trillion, which is higher than ever before. …

Only Prince Harry’s partying can save Atlantic City now

The New Jersey seaside resort town of Atlantic City seems woefully unable to catch a break these days—battered by Hurricane Sandy, beset by a general lack of interest among young partygoers, and losing its flagship Miss America pageant in 2006. A.C.’s most ambitious new hotel-casino, Revel, filed …

Prince Harry

Bradley Cooper: The ESQ&A

Scott Raab talks with the actor about his new film The Silver Linings Playbook and college and his dad and motorcycles. And then David O. Russell stops by.<p><i>Published in the December 2012 issue</i><p><i>Early evening, David O. Russell's office in Los Angeles. Cooper and Russell have been meeting about their</i> …

Frank Langella: The ESQ&A

The actor talks about Robot & Frank, writing, money, fatherhood, and love<p><i>Published in the September 2012 issue</i><p>Dinner at Henry's restaurant on Broadway and 105th Street in Manhattan.<p><b>FRANK LANGELLA:</b> My phone is on only because my daughter's flying, and when she lands, I look at the text and I know …

John Goodman: The ESQ&A

The actor talks about Argo, the Coen Brothers, New Orleans, and never quite getting it right<p><i>Published in the October 2012 issue</i><p>Late lunch at Palm Too restaurant, midtown Manhattan.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> The mayor made them put the calories on the menu.<p><b>JOHN GOODMAN:</b> Somehow it doesn't faze me. But let me get a …

Ricky Gervais: The ESQ+A

The comedian talks about Churchill, Caligula, Gandhi, being invited back to the Globes, and why he'll never host the Oscars. And honesty.<p><i>Lunch at the executive dining room in the HBO building, New York City.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> You look fabulous. If you turn sideways, I don't know if I can even see</b> …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

Middle-class folk need to stop spending like they are rich—and start saving instead

People don’t save enough money. In most OECD countries, household saving rates (Excel) are falling but the need to save has never been greater. The more uncertain the economy, the more savings you need to protect yourself from a period of job loss, a health scare, or smaller emergencies like car …

Interest Rates

How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Economics

I went $230,000 into debt to become a doctor in America

Dear Washington, D.C.:<p>I am writing this letter because I feel that our leaders and lawmakers do not have an accurate picture of what it actually entails to become a physician today; specifically, the financial, intellectual, social, mental, and physical demands of the profession. This is an opinion …

College & University

Three-fourths of the world’s English speakers spoke another language first

English has yet to be displaced as the international language of commerce. Countries with higher exports, greater ease of doing business, and more funds dedicated to research and development report higher levels of proficiency in English, according to Education First’s English Proficiency Index …

Pink Floyd: Journey to the Dark Side

It could be a new Pink Floyd song, if only that band still existed as anything more than a memory, more than a barely cordial business partnership. …

Lath mar Holi festival

Gorgeous Photos Of Holi, The Hindu Festival Of Colors

In India, Holi is marked by a national holiday, and rightly so. Anyone who ventures out of their home can expect to be smeared in colored powder, sprayed with colored water from <i>pichkaris</i> (water guns), and pelted with water balloons and even eggs.<p>Holi has over time arguably become one of the most …

India

The Lost Beatles Photos: Rare Shots From 1964-1966

(no title)<p>Upon arriving in Los Angeles for their August 23, 1964 concert at the Hollywood Bowl the Beatles discovered their reservations at the …

Free at Last: The Robert Redford Story

He's always been obsessed with the American way of winning and losing, the blessing also being the curse. It's the subject of much of his career and the substance of much of his life. PLUS: The Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Photos of Redford from 1959<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><b>The war is over,</b> …