The New Yorker: The Man Who Owns L.A.


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Writer Connie Bruck wrote this piece that ran a few weeks ago in The New Yorker about the men behind a plan to build a new NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles. One of them, Phillip Anschutz, is a politically conservative billionaire seven times over, who made his fortune in oil and gas, real estate, railroads, telecommunications, and sports and entertainment. It’s a fascinating article, even though I’m not particularly sympathetic to his agenda or that of his compatriots. But I did really like this quote from him:

“It helps to have your back against the wall. Adversity is a huge advantage — as long as you think of it as an advantage — because it helps you do things you never thought you were capable of doing.”

Words to remember. You can read the full article here — but unfortunately, only if you’re a subscriber.



  1. Hey Khoi,
    I have been wondering for a while what’s up with your rating system. Is that just what you rate the post? I only ask because it is a hyperlink.

  2. Patrick: the stars are just my very subjective rating of the post. It’s some unscientific calculation of potential interest to other readers, quality and personal preference. In practicality, the only time to really pay attention to it is when you see four or five stars.

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