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Life changed... (07.20)

Bobby: You got to know if I got my eye on the money, that's the best chance it has to grow for your members. You can't leave it behind.

Raul: I was that way, too, when I first left the job. But then…

Bobby: Then what? You found other interests, deeper pursuits? Learned the difference between Warhol and Peter Max by spending weekends at the museum?

Raul: I grew up in Westbeth, for fuck's sake. I have always known one was shit, the other a genius. But, yes, all that. Life changed.

Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola; August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator. After exhibiting his work in several galleriesin the late 1950s, he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist. His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with coining the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame." In the late 1960s, he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine. He authored numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement. After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia in February 1987 at the age of 58.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films.  The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh, which holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster); his works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold. A 2009 article in The Economist described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market".

Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is an American artist known for using bright colours in his work. Works by Max are associated with the visual arts and culture of the 1960s, particularly psychedelic art and pop art. Follow the link for more…

Westbeth Artists Housing is a nonprofit housing and commercial complex dedicated to providing affordable living and working space for artists and arts organizations in New York City. Its campus comprises the full city block bounded by West, Bethune, Washington and Bank Streets in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City; the complex is named for two of these streets, West and Bethune.

It occupies the Bell Laboratories Buildings, which were the headquarters of Bell Telephone Laboratories 1898–1966, before being converted in 1968–1970. That conversion was overseen by architect Richard Meier. This low- to moderate-income rental housing and commercial real estate project, the largest in the world of its type, was developed with the assistance of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Westbeth is owned and operated by Westbeth Corp. Housing Development Fund Corp. Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation governed by an unpaid, volunteer board of directors. As of 2009, Westbeth has a very old population, including many original tenants – about 60% of tenants were over the age of 60 years, and about 30% were over the age of 70. It is thus a naturally occurring retirement community, and has an on-site social worker. Children of tenants are allowed to take over their parents' apartment, and thus there is a multi-generational community. Due to the 10–12-year waiting period for an apartment, Westbeth closed its residential waiting list in 2007 and as of 2016 is still not accepting new applications.

Just like in Tommyknockers... (10.26)

The robots have come.

Mafee: I got in this racket a generation too late, just like Tony Soprano. Yep, this is how it ends.

Ben Kim: Civilization? 

Mafee: Uh-huh. Just like in Tommyknockers. First it makes things better for you. Then it destroys you. This is how computers take over the world.

Rudy: Tommyknockers was aliens, not computers.

Anthony John Soprano (born 1959) is a fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos (1999–2007), portrayed by James Gandolfini. Usually referred to as Tony, the Italian-American character was conceived by Sopranos creator and showrunner David Chase, who was also largely responsible for the character's story arc throughout the show's six seasons. The character is loosely based on real-life New Jersey mobster Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo, a former caporegime (capo) and de facto boss of the DeCavalcante crime family. Bobby Boriello and Mark Damiano II portrayed Soprano as a child in one episode each; Danny Petrillo played the character as a teenager in three episodes.

In the first season, Tony is a capo in the DiMeo crime family. Between the first and second seasons, he is promoted to street boss, a position he retains until the sixth season; his uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano is the official boss up until early in the sixth season, but has little or no actual power. Throughout the series, Tony struggles to balance the conflicting needs of his actual family— wife Carmela, daughter Meadow, son A. J., and mother Livia—with those of the Mafia family he controls. He often displays behavior traits characteristic of a violent sociopath, but also struggles with depression and is prone to panic attacks. He seeks treatment from Dr. Jennifer Melfi in the first episode and remains in therapy on and off up until the penultimate episode of the series.

Both the Tony Soprano character and Gandolfini’s performance garnered widespread critical acclaim, with Soprano being often cited as one of the greatest and most influential characters in television history. Gandolfini, for his portrayal of the character, won three Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama as well as two additional SAG Awards for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

The Tommyknockers is a 1987 science fiction novel by Stephen King. While maintaining a horror style, the novel is an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.

King would later look back on the novel unfavorably, describing it as "an awful book."

While walking in the woods near the small town of Haven, Maine, Roberta (Bobbi) Anderson, a writer of Wild West-themed fiction, stumbles upon a metal object that turns out to be a protrusion of a long-buried alien spacecraft. Once exposed, the spacecraft begins to release an invisible gas into the atmosphere that gradually transforms people into beings similar to the aliens who populated the ship. The transformation, or "becoming," provides them with a limited form of genius which makes them very inventive but does not provide any philosophical or ethical insight into their inventions. The spacecraft also prevents those affected by it from leaving town, provokes psychotic violence in some people, and causes the disappearance of a young boy, David Brown, whose older brother Hilly teleports him to the planet referred to as Altair 4 by the Havenites.

Miss Ann's spinning in her grave... (11.40)

Chef Ryan: I got her ingredients and followed her recipe and process to the letter.

Bobby: You think you nailed it?

Chef Ryan: You tell me.

Wags: Because it's fucking important that when Raul bites into this thing, he is carried away on sweet reminiscences of our visit to Ann's Snack Bar and the Killer Mike R.A.P Music release party.

Bobby: Hmm.

Wags: Piss-poor effort, Ryan. Miss Ann's spinning in her grave right now, may she rest in peace.

Chef Ryan: It's not good? Her sister told me exactly what to do.

Wags: Oh, no, it's good. But this thing needs to transport the man. If you can't fucking do it, we'll fly her sister up here with a vat of their original cooking oil, even if we have to go down there and kidnap her ourselves.

Bobby: Easy, fella. Ryan, keep at it. This is very close. What the fuck, Wags?

Ann's Snack Bar is a small restaurant in the  Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia famous for its hamburgers. It was owned and operated solely by Ann Price, known to patrons as "Miss Ann," and has been in operation since 1971.

The house special is called the "Ghetto Burger," a double bacon chili cheeseburger with a secret ingredient, which her patrons named as a joke. Another signature burger with cole slaw is called the "Hood Burger."

A 2007 article in The Wall Street Journal called the Ghetto Burger the best hamburger in America. In the same article, the author declared Atlanta to be the best city for hamburgers, citing the Vortex (in Little Five Points and Midtown Atlanta) and the EARL (in East Atlanta) as other Atlanta restaurants with top hamburgers. Fans include celebrity Sean Combs and a "horde of Twitter-driven food enthusiasts", who began to discover the restaurant after a 1998  Atlanta Constitution article.

Price had been attempting to sell the restaurant and retire since 2009, initially setting the value at $1.5 million. As of late 2010, the difficult real estate market had forced her to lower her asking price.

Price died on April 18, 2015 at the age of 72. Cause of death was not stated, but Price had been suffering from blood clots and breast cancer. The restaurant is still open, as Price had taken on assistants over the few years prior including her cousin Adele, and it is currently being run by Price's sister and three brothers.

R.A.P. Music is the fifth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Killer Mike.  It was released on May 15, 2012, via Williams Street Records. The word R.A.P. in the album's title is an acronym for Rebellious African People.[2] The album's production was handled entirely by Brooklyn-based hip-hop producer El-P, and is the first collaborative project by Killer Mike and El-P. Killer Mike and El-P have gone on to form the group Run The Jewels and release three studio albums together.

This isn't baseball... (13.03)

Wags: The quants.

Bobby: Ahh.

Wags: Since 1602, when the Dutch East India Company first offered shares to the public, smart, highly trained mathematicians have tried, without success, to solve that market. And today, Taylor begins the interviews to hire their own.

Bobby: Our own.

Wags: You know how I feel about that.

Bobby: I do.

Wags: Billy Beane never won a World Series.

Bobby: This isn't baseball.

Wags: Then why didn't you put quants in place before?

Bobby: Maybe I just didn't get to it. Maybe I didn't feel like I needed to. But Taylor might. And if they want to do it, it's your job to help them.

The Dutch East India Company was an early megacorporation founded by a government-directed amalgamation of several rival Dutch trading companies (voorcompagnieën) in the early-17th century. It was originally established on March 20,1602 as a chartered company to trade with India and Indianised Southeast Asian countries when the Dutch government granted it a 21-year monopoly on the Dutch spice trade. The Company has been often labelled a trading company (i.e. a company of merchants who buy and sell goods produced by other people) or sometimes a shipping company. However, the VOC was in fact a proto-conglomerate company, diversifying into multiple commercial and industrial activities such as international trade (especially intra-Asian trade), shipbuilding, both production and trade of East Indian spices, Formosan sugarcane, and South African wine. The Company was a transcontinental employer and an early pioneer of outward foreign direct investment. The Company's investment projects helped raise the commercial and industrial potential of many underdeveloped or undeveloped regions of the world in the early modern period. In the early 1600s, by widely issuing bonds and shares of stock to the general public,[a] the VOC became the world's first formally-listed public company.[b] In other words, it was the first corporation to be listed on an official stock exchange. The VOC was influential in the rise of corporate-led globalization in the early modern period.

William Lamar Beane III (born March 29, 1962) is a former American professional baseball player and current front office executive. He is the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB); he is also minority owner of Barnsley FC of EFL League One. From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics' front office as a scout in 1990, was named general manager after the 1997 season, and was promoted to executive vice president after the 2015 season.

A first-round pick in the MLB draft by the Mets, Beane failed to meet the expectations of scouts, who projected him as a star. In his front-office career, Beane has applied statistical analysis (known as sabermetrics) to baseball, which has led teams to reconsider how they evaluate players. He is the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book on baseball economics, Moneyball, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.

A man has to grow into who he is... (15.42)

Jock Jeffcoat: Don't condescend to me, Chuck. We went to the same kind of college, same damn law school, clerked in the same offices, read the same books on ethical justice by guys like Rawls and Dworkin. "The suppression of liberty is likely to always be irrational." I even bought in to that crap for a while. But a man has to grow into who he is, and who the fuck I am is a man that's not gonna allow a prisoner to shank a guard. And neither are you.

John Bordley Rawls (February 21, 1921 – November 24, 2002) was an American moral and political philosopher in the liberal tradition. Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls's work "helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself."

In his 1990 introduction to the field, Will Kymlicka wrote that "it is generally accepted that the recent rebirth of normative political philosophy began with the publication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice in 1971.” Rawls has often been described as the most important political philosopher of the 20th century. He has the unusual distinction among contemporary political philosophers of being frequently cited by the courts of law in the United States and Canada and referred to by practising politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Rawls's theory of "justice as fairness" recommends equal basic rights, equality of opportunity, and promoting the interests of the least advantaged members of society. Rawls's argument for these principles of social justice uses a thought experiment called the "original position", in which people select what kind of society they would choose to live under if they did not know which social position they would personally occupy. In his later work Political Liberalism (1993), Rawls turned to the question of how political power could be made legitimate given reasonable disagreement about the nature of the good life.

Gerald Dworkin (born 1937) is a professor of moral, political and legal philosophy. He is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. In 2016–17 he is the Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics and Civic Life at Northwestern University. He has written for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Dworkin's main areas of research include the nature and justification of autonomy, paternalism in the criminal law, and the issue of which acts may legitimately be criminalized by the state. Most recently he has been working on the ethics of lying and deception. An article in the New York Times "Are these 10 Lies Justified?" which listed lies he thought permissible and asked for readers to respond if they disagreed received more than 10,000 responses.

Don't let your firstborn... (16.54)

Jock Jeffocat: Something I learned clerking for the kind of New York judge you revere so much is, you don't let your firstborn fuck up his Haftarah portion.

The haftarah is a series of selections from the books of Nevi'im ("Prophets") of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) that is publicly read in synagogue as part of Jewish religious practice. The Haftarah reading follows the Torah reading on each Sabbath and on Jewish festivals and fast days. Typically, the haftarah is thematically linked to the parasha (Torah Portion) that precedes it. The haftarah is sung in a chant (known as "trope" in Yiddish or "Cantillation" in English). Related blessings precede and follow the Haftarah reading.

Oh, too soon?... (19.33)

Bobby: Go for the Recession Special, even though the recession's over. You know what? I'm not even sure which recession they're referring to. They all end, though. Yours can, too. And two dogs and a drink at that price is a hell of a deal.

Ira: You done? 'Cause I'm just getting ready to go. Civil suit. Reimbursement and damages. I help EDNY hang a guilty verdict on you, and my case is the Dream Team versus Cuba. Even if you slither out of the criminal courts, I hammer you like the Goldmans did O.J.

Bobby: Ira, if that felon found a way not to pay a penny, what do you think I'm gonna do? Besides, can you really afford to wait that long? Better question, will that beautiful and sweet fiancé of yours?

Ira: Oh, you're following me, you sick motherfucker?

Counter Guy: What do you want?

Bobby: Uh, two Recessions, and what juice are you having? Oh, too soon? Couple Cokes.

Ira: Bobby, I'm not some sucker who's just gonna play along with whatever game you got running. I'm taking you to court, guns up. I'm gonna win a fat judgment, and then, because I got nothing else, thanks to you, I'm gonna make it my sole purpose in life to stick to you like Lester Hayes until you've paid it willingly just to get me to go away. So you take your hot dogs and shove 'em up your ass, lengthwise.

Bobby: That's not very open-minded of you, Ira. You should be more open-minded!

The greatest American Olympic basketball team - The Dream Team - destroyed the Cuban national team 136.57 in an infamous game in 1992. More info in link.

Ronald Lyle Goldman (July 2, 1968 – June 12, 1994) was an American restaurant waiter and a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson; they were killed in 1994 at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home. Nicole's ex-husband, O. J. Simpson, was acquitted of their murders in 1995, but found liable for both deaths in a 1997 civil suit. Follow the link for the context of this reference.

Lester Craig Hayes (born January 22, 1955) is a former professional American football player for the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Hayes was commonly referred to as "the Judge" and also as "Lester the Molester" because of his bump and run coverage. He had a distinct stance, crouching very low when facing the opposing wide receiver. He was also known for using Stickum before it was banned in 1981 by a rule bearing his name.

I went full Gil Grissom on this case... (22.29)

Chuck: Although it's lovely to see you, Bryan, there was no need to come in from your Rumspringa.

Much as I dig getting my Amish on with Dake, I did have to come. José Lugo. You can't prosecute this one, Chuck. I went full Gil Grissom on this case, and there was no way to charge the kid with murder.

Chuck: Body of a prison guard would indicate otherwise.

Rumspringa is a rite of passage during adolescence, translated in English as "jumping/hopping around", used in some Amish and Mennonite communities. The Amish, a subsect of the Anabaptist Christian movement, intentionally segregate themselves from other communities as a part of their faith. For Amish youth, the Rumspringa normally begins around the age of 14 to 16 and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church, or instead leaves the community.

Not all Amish use this term (it does not occur in John A. Hostetler's extended discussion of adolescence among the Amish), but in sects that do, Amish elders generally view it as a time for courtship and finding a spouse. A popular view exists by which the period is institutionalized as a rite of passage, and the usual behavioral restrictions are relaxed, so that Amish youth can acquire some experience and knowledge of the non-Amish world.

Gilbert Arthur Grissom (born August 17, 1956), Ph.D. is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by William Petersen. Grissom is a forensic entomologist and, for the series' first nine seasons, a CSI Level III Supervisor employed by the Las Vegas Police Department. He appeared in 198 episodes, and was replaced by Laurence Fishburne and, later, Ted Danson.

What if we kept things the same?... (27.50)

Mafee: The quants, why? Why now? What if we didn't? What if we kept things the same?

Taylor: Think of the Pulaski Academy Bruins, Mafee. You read me?

Mafee: The high school football team that never punts?

Taylor: Right. They were pretty solid before, so why'd they do that?

Mafee: Because the coach deduced that, statistically, they'd be better off using all four downs on offense and not giving the ball back.

Taylor: Yes. And because the coach wanted championships.

Mafee: So it's about edge.

Taylor: Always.

The Pulaski Academy is a school in Arkansas. The school's football team, which has won seven state championships since 2003, is coached by Kevin Kelley, who has gained notoriety for his strategies, which include the total rejection of punting and returning punts, as well as a reliance on the onside kick.

What's in it for moi?... (29.31)

Cocky quant kid: I've heard about Taylor Mason. Love to see if you live up to the hype, but I've got options. So, let me put this in your language: What's in it for moi?

Wags: You Patrick Bateman/Bud Fox hybrid wannabe.

He was doing Spader in Wall Street. But I don't care about his insulting tone. I only care about his ability to think clearly and rationally under pressure.

Wags: You're not thinking of hiring him?

Cocky quant kid: She's no fool.

Taylor: No. But, sadly, though you may have a genius-level I.Q., you have no control over your emotional state. That's why you're lashing out in here, defensive, allowing your rage at yourself to manifest in boorish, childish behavior. He couldn't figure out the box, so he did that to it. Then he let the rest of his bullshit cloud his thinking. He has no idea why he had to resort to brute force, so he doesn't get to work here.

Wags: Take your feet off the table and get the fuck out of our office.

Patrick Bateman is a fictional character, the villain protagonist[1][2] and narrator of the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, and its film adaptation. He is a wealthy, materialistic Wall Street investment banker who leads a double life as a serial killer. Bateman has also briefly appeared in other Ellis novels and their film and theater adaptations.

Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider. James Spader plays the role of Roger Barnes.

I didn't even bring my own cue... (32.32)

Raul: How'd you know not to bet me? Win, lose 100, who gives a shit? You have more money than God.

Bobby: I didn't get it by wagering against Willie Mosconi. You were gonna sandbag me. Let me win a few games, then double the bet, then run me down.

Raul: I didn't even bring my own cue.

Bobby: If you had, maybe I'd have gone for it, counting on that special vanity that a man with a custom cue has. Once you started chalking up, no chance.


William Joseph Mosconi (June 27, 1913 – September 17, 1993) was an American professional pool (pocket billiards) player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. For most of the 20th century, his name was essentially synonymous with pool in North America – he was nicknamed "Mr. Pocket Billiards" – and he was among the first Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame inductees. Mosconi pioneered and regularly employed numerous trick shots, set many records, and helped to popularize pool as a national recreation activity.

like ice under a Zamboni... (35.50)

Ira: It's just a transaction to you, this whole thing? Numbers move from here to there, and emotions are smoothed out, like ice under a Zamboni.

An ice resurfacer is a vehicle or hand-pushed device used to clean and smooth the surface of a sheet of ice, usually in an ice rink. The first ice resurfacer was pioneered and developed in 1949 in the city of Paramount, California by American inventor and engineer Frank Zamboni. As such, an ice resurfacer is often referred to as a "Zamboni" regardless of brand or manufacturer.

Is that what being a boss does to you?... (39.52)

Dake: We are in the right and wrong game, and this is Today we're in the "take the win and move on" game.

Bryan: Is that what being a boss does to you? Like when Sonny Black gets upped in Brasco? I was brought to Eastern for one specific task: to convict Bobby Axelrod.

Dake: You were brought to Eastern for the same task by the very person that you are now trying to jam up, a man who was a mentor to you. That's disloyal, and I don't cotton to that. So if you can't do it, I'll find someone who can. That's all.

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Mike Newell, and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen as Sonny Black, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles.

The film is loosely based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone (Depp), an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Mafia Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias Donnie Brasco, a.k.a. "The Jewel Man". Brasco maneuvers his way into the confidence of an aging hit-man, Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino), who vouches for him. As Donnie moves deeper into the Mafia, he realizes that not only is he crossing the line between federal agent and criminal, but also leading his friend Lefty to an almost certain death.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The adaptation of the book by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley was by screenwriter Paul Attanasio.[2] The film was a box office success, earning $124.9 million against a $35 million budget, and receiving critical acclaim.

So you're not gonna hire a quant?... (44.54)

Mafee: So you're not gonna hire a quant?

Taylor: I am not going to hire a quant. That's become clear to me. And you're correct. Billy Beane never won a World Series. But Theo Epstein did, using all the same strategies Billy came up with first, and we will, too. I accept I can't go outside to find what we need, so we're going to build our own. I'm going to oversee it.

William Lamar Beane III (born March 29, 1962) is a former American professional baseball player and current front office executive. He is the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB); he is also minority owner of Barnsley FC of EFL League One. From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics' front office as a scout in 1990, was named general manager after the 1997 season, and was promoted to executive vice president after the 2015 season. A first-round pick in the MLB draft by the Mets, Beane failed to meet the expectations of scouts, who projected him as a star. In his front-office career, Beane has applied statistical analysis (known as sabermetrics) to baseball, which has led teams to reconsider how they evaluate players. He is the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book on baseball economics, Moneyball, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.

Theo Nathaniel Epstein (born December 29, 1973) is an American baseball executive serving as the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Epstein became the youngest general manager (GM) in the history of MLB, when the Boston Red Sox hired him at the age of 28 on November 25, 2002. In 2004, the Red Sox won their first World Series championship in 86 years and won another championship in 2007. On October 21, 2011, he resigned from his job in Boston to become President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs; in 2016, the Cubs won their first World Series championship in 108 years.

He's an ox... (46.12)

Wendy: Listen, he's doing his best to hide it, but your father is wrecked by what's happened between you two.

Chuck: He gave as good as he got, believe me.

Wendy: Maybe. But men of his age, the big blows have an actual effect on their health.

Chuck: Yeah, in Somerset Maugham stories. He's an ox. He'll likely see me into the ground.

William Somerset Maugham, CH (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.

After both his parents died before he was 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become a lawyer like other men in his family, Maugham eventually trained and qualified as a physician. The initial run of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth(1897), sold out so rapidly that Maugham gave up medicine to write full-time.

During the First World War he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the October Revolution of 1917. During and after the war, he travelled in India and Southeast Asia; these experiences were reflected in later short stories and novels.

It will be our war room... (51.28)

Chuck: This space is now assigned to you. Officially, it is where you will review office priorities. Unofficially, Where we, the Maquisards, will mount the resistance. We will not let this son of a bitch define justice for the SDNY.

The Maquis were rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters, called maquisards, during the Nazi Occupation of France in World War II. Initially, they were composed of men and women who had escaped into the mountains to avoid conscription into Vichy France's  Service du travail obligatoire ("Compulsory Work Service" or STO) to provide forced labor for Germany. To avert capture and deportation to Germany, they became increasingly organized into active resistance groups.