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July 5, 2011

The reward for finishing my thesis:

Free reading again!  I promised myself that I would only read thesis-related materials until I was done.  Completely and utterly done.  (At least with the content and writing . . . I’m still gathering those pesky signatures.)

So after a couple of months of reading about financial knowledge/problems and predatory banking/lending practices related to incarcerated men, I rewarded myself by reading . . . wait for it . . . The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, a book about the global financial crisis.  It turns out it’s a book about financial knowledge/problems and predatory banking/lending practices related to men who should be incarcerated, but aren’t.  Is that lame reward reading?  Probably, but fascinating book.  You won’t completely understand complex derivatives or synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) but you will feel better about not understanding them since the people who created them didn’t either.  If you can stomach nonfiction (sometimes I feel like there are only two or three of us out there), read this book.  While you’re at it, read Moneyball another Michael Lewis book and one of my all-time favorites.

P.S.  If you didn’t hear via facebook (or because you’re one of my family members), my Grandpa passed away a little less than two days after the aforementioned 911 call.  I’m sure I’ll write more about that later but for now things are too busy and kind of raw.

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7 Comments »

  1. I love love love nonfiction! I will have to read that book. For some anecdotal reading that I’ve found interesting lately, there are a bunch of AMAs over on reddit by guys who have left either prison or jail. It’s incredibly fascinating

    Comment by kei02003 — July 5, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    • I was definitely counting you as one of those two or three, Emily 🙂

      Comment by llcall — July 5, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  2. Oh, I’m a nonfiction junkie too! But I don’t think I can handle the stuff you read—all the corruption depresses me! Lately I’ve been in to nutrition and food.

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa. Death is a really sad, hard thing to deal with.

    I hope we can talk soon!

    Comment by vblanchard — July 5, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  3. That’s funny that you chose that book as your pleasure reading — I’m reading “Reckless Endangerment” by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner, which is also about the financial crisis. It’s a fascinating read, especially because I was working on the Hill at the time. So just know that yes, you are a nerd, but you’re in good company. 🙂 If you haven’t read it, “Conspiracy of Fools” is another excellent book, all about the implosion of Enron.

    Comment by Chelsey — July 6, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

  4. I’ll add to my list. I find I can’t stomach most of the fiction out there, so I am definitely a nonfiction reader.

    Comment by Kirsten — July 6, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

  5. I recently finished “Tour de France for Dummies.” It counts as non-fiction, but I still don’t think it quite fits into your world of higher learning. 🙂 I, too, am sorry to hear about your grandpa. I hope you and your family are hanging in there.

    Comment by Elizabeth — July 10, 2011 @ 5:38 am

  6. Yeah. I thought about posting about grandpa, too but I couldn’t do it yet. I like the word you used for it, “raw”.

    Comment by bookncurls — July 13, 2011 @ 3:11 pm


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