Archive for July, 2009

Bashing Goldman Sachs Is Simply a Game for Fools

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

ML takes a jab at the almighty Goldman Sachs in his latest satirical column on Bloomberg. Tip of the hat to Matt Taibbi’s article in this month’s Rolling Stone about Goldman:

Rumor No. 5: Goldman Sachs is “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”

Those words are of course taken from a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine and they are transparently false.

For starters, the vampire squid doesn’t feed on human flesh. Ergo, no vampire squid would ever wrap itself around the face of humanity, except by accident. And nothing that happens at Goldman Sachs — nothing that Goldman Sachs thinks, nothing that Goldman Sachs feels, nothing that Goldman Sachs does –ever happens by accident.

Michael Lewis on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Monday 7/20/09

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Michael Lewis is slated to be a guest on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson this coming Monday, July 20th, 2009 @ 12:35am ET.

Link to YouTube clip (6 min 57 sec)

Sony Hires New Writer to Salvage ‘Moneyball’

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Latest episode from the “Moneyball” movie debacle: Sony Pictures has tapped screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (of West Wing fame) to quickly rewrite the “Moneyball” script.

Link to NY Times

Last month, Sony executives canceled the baseball picture — which was set to star Brad Pitt, who remains involved — just days before production, citing dissatisfaction with a rewrite from its director, Steven Soderbergh.

The film’s sudden collapse raised questions about Hollywood’s ability to tackle complex fare in the face of weak industry economics.

Authors@Google: Michael Lewis

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Michael Lewis visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book “Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.” This event took place on June 10, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.

Link from YouTube (47 min 5 sec)

The Man Who Crashed The World

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

August, 2009 Vanity Fair article investigating the implosion of A.I.G., Michael Lewis explains how one of the world’s safest insurers became a reckless juggernaut—and a national target.

Link to Vanity Fair article

Sony Pictures halts 'Moneyball' movie

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

From NY Times article, July 1, 2009: Money Worries Kill A-List Film at Last Minute

Just days before shooting was to begin, Sony Pictures pulled the plug on “Moneyball,” a major film project starring Brad Pitt and being directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Marketplace interview – June 29, 2009

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Michael Lewis, author of “Liar’s Poker,” talks with Kai Ryssdal about the end of Wall Street’s golden years and who and what he thinks are to blame for today’s fiscal calamity.

Marketplace interview, June 29, 2009

Now people don’t swallow the argument that Wall Street knows what it’s doing. People are, if anything, more skeptical than they should be about Wall Street. So that’s why I think it’s come to an end. That belief, the faith in Wall Street has collapsed.

Author Michael Lewis: ‘We’re too well read’

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

‘Moneyball’ author talks about his work and the state of journalism today.

In this Q & A with TODAY producer Dan Fleschner, Lewis talks about his other work, his thoughts on the state of journalism and what’s he working on next.

Fareed Zakaria:GPS interview – June 7, 2009

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria talks to ‘Liar’s Poker’ author Michael Lewis about the economic crisis and future of Wall Street.

Fareed Zakaria:GPS interview, June 7, 2009 (16 min 12 sec)

NPR Morning Edition – June 1, 2009

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Steve Inskeep interviews Michael Lewis and Tabatha Soren about Home Game on NPR’s Morning Edition, June 1, 2009 (7 min 18 sec).