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The problem with Michael Lewis is that, to me, his worldview rings false…

I’m reading Michael Lewis’ explication of the world of high-frequency trading, Flash Boys, and experiencing my typical issues with his work. Let me just start out by admitting that I love Michael Lewis. I’ve read almost all of his substantive books (Liar’s Poker, The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side). And they were all gripping and informative […]

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Predictably Good Books (that I read in 2012), Part One

I feel like there’s no way to say “Pride and Prejudice was really good” without somehow indicating that you know it’s supposed to be good and that you’re not surprised it’s good. And that’s why this entry is titled “Predictably good books.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I love Jane Austen. Before reading […]

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Surprisingly Good Books, Part Two

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – This year, I’ve read a fair number of YA novels with contemporary settings, but this was one of the first of them. It was also the best. The novel’s triumph is its self-aware voice. The narrator is a teenager who’s suffering from cancer. And she’s a […]

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Inaugurating Wrap-Up Season 2012 (oh, also, I watched the Blind Side!)

I am unapologetic in my love of all the yearly roundups that people post on their blogs at around this time of year, and ever since 2010, I’ve conducted my own month-long navel-gazing extravaganza called Wrap-Up Season. Typically, I begin by talking about the books I’ve read in the year. I divide these books into […]

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