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Attention Span 2012 | Star Black

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Michael Lewis | The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine | Norton | 2011

Reporting the subprime mortgage industry before its collapse but written like a novel about weird geniuses scattered around the country, the hero being a medical student with a glass eye named Mike Burry.

Joseph K. Perloff | A Commonplace Book 2012 | Printed by author | 2012

For years, Marjorie Perloff’s husband, Joe, a cardiologist who writes about medicine, currently Sumerian medicine, has released wonderful Commonplace Books with quotations ranging from Van Gogh—”To the hungry, even the sunrise is without beauty”—to Yogi Berra—”When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Johnson O’Connor | English Vocabulary Builder | Human Engineering Laboratory | 1939

A found book left in a box outside the Dominican Sisters Thrift Shop in Sag Harbor containing words ranging from “sacerdotal” to “poltroon” and interesting observations about them, such as, under “escutcheon”: “…the escutcheon of a widow or spinster is lozenge-shaped…”

Ovid, trans. Rolfe Humphries | Metamorphoses | Indiana UP | l964

Got homesick for college and wanted to re-read Ovid. I admire the current work that Vincent Katz does in translating Latin poetry but needed to return to an introductory volume I had handy from years ago.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran | Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan | Knopf | 2012.

Chandrasekaran’s book about the Green Zone in Iraq, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, so well captured the cluelessness of the well-meaning American occupiers of Baghdad that I wanted to catch up with the Washington Post correspondent in Afghanistan to see why, once again, a U.S. war in a far-flung country is winding down.


This is Star Black’s first contribution to Attention Span. Back to 2012 directory.

Written by Steve Evans

October 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

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