“The paradox of Steve Jobs’s career is that he had no interest in listening to consumers — he was famously dismissive of market research — yet nonetheless had an amazing sense of what consumers actually wanted.”
Francesco Bonami in the new 20th anniversary issue of frieze: “The collapse of theory, the rise of shallow aesthetics and a savage art market have bewildered consensus.”
And you thought the economy was in the dumps!
“Although European leaders were quick to define last month’s euro summit of 2011 as the day European leaders faced the crisis down, they know better now. Last month’s summit was yet another European chance of recovery thrown away, a turning point at which history failed to turn.”
In the Independent, Gordon Brown maps out the “wasted decade” ahead should Merkel and Sarkozy continue to pursue a policy of “austerity, and if that fails, even more austerity.” But he doesn’t leave it there; he also outlines “what I call the ‘“global Europe” plan’” — “Without action on the lines I suggest, no one can assume that Europe’s historic strength is enough to prevent the most punishing of future outcomes.”