Sunday, September 30, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
One of my all-time favorite journalists is Michael Lewis. He writes really long, really really really good articles primarily for Vanity Fair Magazine. I have heard him being described as a "financial disaster travel journalist" since he has written really good stories with oftentimes patently absurd examples and anecdotes from Iceland, Ireland, Greece, California etc. Some of you might have seen the movie Moneyball (with Brad Pitt) - Michael Lewis wrote the book
Despite being a favorite of mine, it is kind of absurd that I have only read his stuff on the web (for free) - although I just bought his most recent book, Boomerang, despite having read most of it on the web before (a budding business model?). From the NY times book review:
"Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller’s ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. [...] Mr. Lewis captures the utter folly and madness that spread across both sides of the Atlantic during the last decade [...] Mr. Lewis’s ability to find people [...] is uncanny. And in this book he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today’s headlines about Europe’s growing debt problems"
Below are some of his truly great stories. You should reserve at least half an hour or an hour for each story - but it will be worth it. I can in fact guarantee it (I'm so sure about it that I hereby extend a money-back guarantee).
Some articles have gotten alternative names in the book (in parenthesis below).
- It's the economy, Dumkopf! (also "The secret lives of Germans") - Sept 2011
- California and bust (also "Too fat to fly") - Nov 2011
Monday, September 17, 2012
Touching on one of the trends that Olle Lidbom talked about Monday morning, The Atlantic had an interesting piece in June on the disparity between the advertising spend and what people spend their time and focus on: Why Mobile Will Dominate the Future of Media and Advertising.
For those of you in a rush, here's a graphic that tells more than a thousand words: