Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sex Diaries

New York Magazine has an interesting, weird, and rather prurient feature called the "Sex Diaries," where each week a random reader submits an account of his or her sexual experiences during the week. Last year they got a journalist to read through all 800 pages of collective entries and write a summary-cum-exegesis. And it's amazing. And very true to my own experiences of the psychological backdrop of dating. Go read it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Michael Lewis on AIG

Just found this Michael Lewis Vanity Fair article on what, exactly, happened in AIG Financial Products during the housing boom and bust. Goes into detail about what caused the subprime blowup, what institutional factors inside AIG allowed it to happen, and why it was probably AIG FP's fault despite the fact that everyone inside was acting in good faith.

Fun fact: the AIG FP employees invested something like half their income back into AIG. The single guy probably most responsible for the blowup invested almost all of it. Financially, they were all incentivized to look to long-term gains--contrary to the usual narrative about the crash from, well, almost everyone. They just screwed up.

(hat tip Conor Friedersdorf's roundup of 2009's best journalism).

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Latest In a Line

Of classical groups performing songs that were never meant to be done that way: