Posted in Reads of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 25, 2011
- A truly astonishing piece by Michael Lewis, ‘Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds’, in which he discusses how the Greek economy collapsed into its itself through years of institutionalised corruption. Some terrifying statistics and, as with The Big Short, plenty of reasons to believe that the people charged with running the financial economy, both governmental and private sector, are incompetent to the extreme.
- Chuck Klosterman profile of Jonathan Franzen from last year. Not too long and giving some insight into Franzen, though you feel like Klosterman wasn’t given enough access or time to produce something that truly gets to the heart of such a divisive but, ultimately, hugely respected and important novelist.
- This Amy Fine Collins piece on sex trafficking in the US is frightening but heartening. Frightening because of the scale of the crime and the level of abuse the women face in this shadow industry. Heartening because of the people Collins profiles who are fighting for these women and desperately attempting to break the cycle.
And the best…
- Not a piece but a website, The Byliner, which has occupied literally hours upon hours of my time this week. It has a massive database of links to writing by thousands of authors, meaning you can catch up with the work of your favourite non-fiction authors. If you are anything like me, you may never leave.