How to Win at Business
I’m going to skip my obsessive list of the number of times Rohmer people tell other Rohmer people things they already know. Or maybe I’ll tack it on later. There are some pretty good ones. I’m also skipping my “vodka” list, since it only comes up once, as the ultimate evidence that Julie Roberts is a hideous wizened slattern who’s better off dead. (How many times does Rohmer tell us she smokes? 50?)
I want to ask you guys if I’m missing something subtle, after all these books, about how a businessman “wins” when he makes a business deal. Take the way Gator deals with the lawyers for his wife’s late-husband’s late-father’s estate:
“You’ll be on the board of directors and my lawyers, right?”
He watched Williams and Stewart look at each other and smile. At that moment, Peters knew he had them both by the shorts and in his pocket.
I get that he has them in his pocket. He just offered them money and they took it. But how does he have them by the shorts?
He sure showed them, when he cut them in on the deal?
Let’s say I go to Subway sandwich for lunch, and I offer them $5 and to make me a tuna sandwich, and they accept… do I have them by the shorts?
Do I want them by the shorts?
It seems to me that a situation where someone is selling something, and someone else meets their price and buys it is a win-win, whereas a situation where a person has a fistful of another person’s pubic hair is a pretty classic lose-lose. But I must be missing something awfully basic about Rohmerworld, or maybe something thuddingly obvious (to everyone but me) about capitalism.
It’s the fist pumping victory part of a guy in a suit buying something from another guy in a suit. I keep thinking there has to be more to it than that, but there isn’t, right?
Should one of us ask Professor Louise Kelly?