The Solomon Scandals
The D.C. newspaper novel, the media,the Washington area, tech and other surrealism: David Rothman at large

Jonathan Stone, the reporter in The Solomon Scandals, has located a few entries from the secret diary of Tony Hayward, the BP CEO. Here they are with links helpfully inserted by Stone, lest anyone distrust the truth-seekers at BP. Dug up any entries yourself? Share ‘em, if you’d like. – D.R. I find those pictures […]

Could the Big Slick in the Gulf of Mexico be musician Steve Forbert’s career break, after years of kneejerk comparisons with Bob Dylan? The two singers both have raspy voices and lyrics with high levels of poignancy and bite. A major difference is that Dylan is a multimillionaire icon, while the sometimes-self-effacing Forbert seems relegated […]

Scandals at one level is a beach read, a mix of a thriller and novel of manners. But at another, it’s about bureaucratic laxness, which can kill workers—not just drain investors’ bank accounts. The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico makes Scandals all the more timely. Penny-pinching proved to be lethal. – D.R. […]