At times I’ve reported articles that use a single character to illuminate a wider issue. Like everyone else who’s ever tried this, I usually find that the people’s stories don’t align quite as well as I might like or that their dramatic arcs end up falling at least a little bit flat. Whenever Michael Lewis ventures into the world he discovers fully-formed narratives populated by singular characters and then he tells their story with expert knowledge dished out so subtly that the reader begins thinking of himself as a financial wizard. If the excerpt is any guide, Michael Burry, a doctor who stumbled onto the trade of a lifetime is one such character. Inevitably the new book The Big Short will be another cracking read. Michael Lewis is infuriating.
Bio: Alex Halperin is an editor at Guernica. Read his last recommendation of e-books “here”:https://guernicamag.com/blog/1605/rec_room_alex_halperin_e-readi/.