Michael Lewis and the art of writing a culturally awkward bestseller

Posted by Abraham Riesman Let’s have a little thought experiment. Take the following paragraph and replace “Icelanders” with, let’s say, “Koreans,” and “Scandinavian” with “East Asian”: Maybe because there are so few Icelanders in the world, we know next to nothing about them. We assume they are more or less Scandinavian—a gentle people who just want everyone to have the same amount of everything. They are not. They have a feral streak in them, like a horse that’s just pretending to […]

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