About a month ago, the clouds parted and I found a first edition copy (1989) of Michael Lewis’s debut work at CentralReview from The Weekly Creative:
About a month ago, the clouds parted and I found a first edition copy (1989) of Michael Lewis’s debut work at Central Book Exchange in SLC. I have been a longtime fan of Lewis’s, but had never read Liar’s Poker. He was 29 years old when this book was published, and I must say–this stuff is on par with Moneyball or The Big Short.
In a semi-autobiographical nature, Lewis writes of his experience working at Salomon Brothers during the 80s. He captures the frat house culture of wall street with its ruthless profiteering, profanity, and politics. The parallels between Salomon Brothers and a high school weight room were uncanny. Throughout the book we witness the boom and bust of the bond market, thrift managers being taken for a ride, and the creation of mortgage bonds (Salomon’s claim to fame at the time). I found it striking, and somewhat self-redeeming, that Solomon’s downfall was (at least partially) attributed to its hesitation to enter the junk bond market.
If you have even an inkling of interest in finance, read this book. And then after that, go read The Big Short and Boomerang....more
I came across this book randomly while meandering through a Barnes & Noble in Battery Park City in Manhattan. That day, IFrom The Weekly Creative
I came across this book randomly while meandering through a Barnes & Noble in Battery Park City in Manhattan. That day, I decided that rather than only pay attention to books with interesting titles, I would dig a bit deeper–pick up a few books with obscure titles and figure out what they’re about. Well, I found this book called “Zeitoun.” Obscure enough, right?
The cover depicts a drawing of a man canoeing through flooded neighborhood streets. I quickly learned that the book tells a true story of one family during Hurricane Katrina. The family voluntarily split up during the storm. The husband, Zeitoun, stayed behind to watch over the house while his wife and children head to stay with family. The story is spoiler sensitive, so I won’t say much more. But I will say that it’s an absolute page turner. I will also say that, whatever you do, do not google “Zeitoun” before you read the book. You’ll thank me later....more
If you aren’t already signed up, I strongly suggest Jeff’s newsletter, which gives great creative insight through theReview from The Weekly Creative:
If you aren’t already signed up, I strongly suggest Jeff’s newsletter, which gives great creative insight through the eyes of a writer. Having followed his newsletter for the few months preceding the book’s release, Jeff gave me enough insight into his writing process that I knew I had to see what the final product looked like. I must say, given the title of the book, I was expecting the typical “OMG do what you love and everything will work out!” message, which we all know how I feel about. I was pleasantly surprised with The Art of Work’s message–or tone, rather. Not only did I not roll my eyes once, I actually derived a lot of value from the book.
Goins talks plenty about discovering and fulfilling your “calling,” but does so in a down-to-earth, pragmatic, non-preachy fashion. Not only that, I was highly entertained start to finish. Jeff tells plenty of personal stories, including one about him asking a girl out by singing a song in front of a dozen of her friends only to get rejected on the spot: “Shoulders slumped, I nodded, pretending to understand. But then I did something even worse: I didn’t leave.” Highly recommended read....more