A Review of Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Michael Lewis: Lewis, the man who wrote the original tell-all on Wall Street (a book I think that’s next on my to-read list), takes to the pages of the National Review to critique the latest Wall Street page-turner, Why I Left Goldman Sachs, by Greg Smith.
Basically, Lewis questions what’s changed in banking, both since he left, and since the financial crisis. Lewis is one of the best writers out there of taking a complicated story and making it accessible, without dumbing it down (his writing in The Big Short is nothing short of amazing – as someone who deals with subject-matter far more complicated than basketball on a daily basis, seeing something that difficult explained both well and succinctly was humbling). He’s almost self-recommending at this point, and I think that of very, very few writers.
NCAA botches Miami investigation: Your rules are not law, Mark Emmert, by Robert Wheel. Attorney and Twitter-user extraordinaire takes to the pages of SBNation to discuss just how badly the NCAA botched the Miami investigation. A great piece on helping folks understand how the NCAA works, what it can and can’t do, and just what the hullabaloo is all about.
33 Observatoins on the Year 2012 by Baldur Bjarnason. A great piece on lessons learned as blogger in 2012, though these lessons will translate to anyone who uses the internet, or who deals with others in any capacity.
Can YIMBY Groups Change Urban Politics, by Matt Yglesias. Politics is typically run by getting more people to passionately care about your issue than those who passionately care about the other side – even if most people are against your position, if you have more passionate advocates on your side going up against the silent majority, you’ll likely come out victorious. Yglesias notes the rise of vocal advocates for deregulation in zoning in urban areas, and wonders if this represents a shift in the way that the silent majority might come to represent itself in future years (i.e., enough people may finally start to advocate for the greater good in all instances, instead of for their own selfish interests in the small number of issues that immediately and directly effect them).
Art Moddell Has No Place in the Hall of Fame, by Jim Kanicki. When you see ART on the Ravens jerseys that commemorate Moddell, don’t buy into the idea that he did anything that warranted enshrinement.
Full Houses’s 20 Greatest Sports Moments, by Brandon Stroud. This is old but entirely wonderful. I promise to try not to have one article based on late 80s and early 90s televisoin or movies every time I do this post, but no promises.