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[7] Money

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Ullmann, E. (1997). [7] Money. In Ullman, E. and Ullmann, E. Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents. City Lights Books, pp. 149-174

(noun) a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water / (noun) a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland / (noun) a bodily prominence

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And so went the great unlocking of the fortress desk, promontory from which my father spent his life surveying his family and his money.

—p.164 by Ellen Ullmann
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And so went the great unlocking of the fortress desk, promontory from which my father spent his life surveying his family and his money.

—p.164 by Ellen Ullmann
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6 years, 7 months ago
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"It can't just be the money," I pressed.

"Well, it might be that they have what they think is a good idea ... " He trailed off then sat looking at his hands , which were fine-boned and pale.

But there are many ways to express a good idea, I thought. One could talk to people, give a speech, write an article, perhaps a book. But it was clear these were not the sort of good ideas he had in mind. No, his were the sorts of ideas whose goodness could be expressed only through the amount of revenue they generated, the size of the company that was grown, the grandeur of the CEO's house, the price of the stock.

"So it is the money," I said finally.

The whitest man I ever met looked into his lap then gazed out the window. On the other side of the French doors edged in bronze from Paris, the sky was the bright, deep blue of early autumn in San Francisco. The two bridges stood against a sparkling bay. The searchlight of Alcatraz blinked rhythmically against the water. Toward the northwest, a tanker was slowly sliding out the Gate, about to pass under the bridge on its long ride west to Japan.

—p.171 by Ellen Ullmann 6 years, 7 months ago

"It can't just be the money," I pressed.

"Well, it might be that they have what they think is a good idea ... " He trailed off then sat looking at his hands , which were fine-boned and pale.

But there are many ways to express a good idea, I thought. One could talk to people, give a speech, write an article, perhaps a book. But it was clear these were not the sort of good ideas he had in mind. No, his were the sorts of ideas whose goodness could be expressed only through the amount of revenue they generated, the size of the company that was grown, the grandeur of the CEO's house, the price of the stock.

"So it is the money," I said finally.

The whitest man I ever met looked into his lap then gazed out the window. On the other side of the French doors edged in bronze from Paris, the sky was the bright, deep blue of early autumn in San Francisco. The two bridges stood against a sparkling bay. The searchlight of Alcatraz blinked rhythmically against the water. Toward the northwest, a tanker was slowly sliding out the Gate, about to pass under the bridge on its long ride west to Japan.

—p.171 by Ellen Ullmann 6 years, 7 months ago