Posts Tagged ‘John Mackey’

Readings

Amigoland: mayor's book club

  • The idea of the Mayor’s Book Club is a little bit hokey. Some years I read the book selected and some years I don’t. I’d been passing this year’s by each time I saw it displayed at a library branch, but eventually my resistance broke bown and I borrowed it. You should, too. The various summaries I’ve seen don’t do Amigoland justice. It’s a fast read and an entertaining and good-humored one. I look forward to reading more by Oscar Casares, who teaches at UT.
  • John Mackey, nearly synonymous with Whole Foods, is the subject of a long article in the New Yorker of January 4, with extended quotations from JM himself (“Food Fighter: Does Whole Foods’ C.E.O. know what’s best for you?” by Nick Paumgarten). We read about the WH origin story, with passing reference to Central Market. Although the writer draws out JM very well, he doesn’t have much, if any, success in coaxing others to talk about JM and WF on the record. I enjoyed reading the description of the fountain of chocolate and the brief passing reviews of prepared foods from those counters.
  • Taking his place on a very short list, our own James McMurtry is named Most Valuable Rocker in The Nation of January 11. That is one category among the many in “MVPs of 2009” (byline John Nichols).

Austin in the greater world

  • In the February issue of Smart Money, on the newsstands now, there’s yet another interview of John Mackey, this one entitled “Growth Slows, but Mackey Doesn’t,” byline Janet Paskin. The blurb as printed is “Shopping may be down at Whole Foods, yet the company’s controversial CEO is still adding stores and pushing high-priced items” (this issue is not yet on line; start with page 24 in the hard copy). What’s especially entertaining is that the interview is conducted at WF world headquarters, and the reporter seems to be awed by the “monument to abundance.”
  • Not satisfied with revealing all about Lance Armstrong’s local abode, Architectural Digest has returned to Austin. In its February before-and-after issue, we see how a sort-of colonial revival house in Tarrytown is altered quite beyond recognition, floor plan included: “Putting a Fresh Spin on Tradition,” byline Jeff Turrentine. In a way, I think that the floor plan reveals more than the photographs do. The architectural firm credited is Miro Rivera. My favorite quotation from this piece is right at the very beginning: “Austin, Texas, is well known as a city that nurtures free expression and rewards eccentricity.”
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