An astute reader points me to indications that the likes of Abnormal Returns may have prematurely branded the birth of a meme. A Paul Durman article in the Sunday Times Online dated November 2, 2003 leads with: "Private-equity firms are the new conglomerates." My own post on the topic (which has been pillaged repeatedly) may itself have been pillaged.
(Picture Credit: Crime dramas are a guilty pleasure of mine. Four years before "Miami Vice" and fourteen before "Heat, "Michael Mann directed the Chicago crime drama "Thief." Even as a snobby movie buff it is hard not to call this Cann's (and Mann's) best work. Don't miss the not-yet-stars that pepper the film either, including Willy Nelson, Tom Signorelli (the Cotton Club), and a very young looking James Belushi. Watch it first then fire up "Heat" for a little time warp on action movies as a genre).