boomerang pop art coverBoomerang was good.   It was can’t put it down, just one more chapter, up most of the night and real tired the next day good. Mr. Lewis has crafted a snide financial expose of near Biblical drama, which speaks of a penurious pox on the people of the present, and riffs on an old school adage, which holds that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

The work pushed my buttons, caused fits of laughter, and even elicited a few embarrassing  snorts and snickers.  How had a few good old boys, never meaning no harm, wreaked so much havoc on the general populace?  And how about the heavy-duty quote attributed to esteemed Greek orator Isocrates:

“Democracy destroys itself because it abuses its right to freedom and equality. Because it teaches its citizens to consider audacity as a right, lawlessness as a freedom, abrasive speech as equality, and anarchy as progress.” 

Politics, economics, human nature, and a cool cameo by the Guvernator.  I knew he’d be back!  It was almost too much.  The work seemed destined to generate a memorable conversation, and I was not disappointed.  As it turns out, any number of terms might be used to describe the Monday Evening Book Group’s January 14, 2013 discussion of Boomerang.  I assure you, however, that sub-prime is not one of them.  Interest was high, and the discussion paid delightful dividends.  But it wasn’t just about the Benjamins.  It never is with this group.

The conversation pulsed with passion, but was tempered by politeness, and ranged from America to the zeitgeist.  Perhaps it was the new members.  Maybe it was the unheard of but absolutely refreshing gender parity.  Whatever the cause, it was one for the ages.  Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?  Conversational highlights include:

  • The Psychology of Entitlement
  • Ronald Reagan: Demon or Demi-God
  • Competition, Character, Culture, and Capitalism
  • Political Correctness and Prose
  • Suitable Sources for the Social Contract
  • Finance and the Fair Sex
  • Labels and Divide and Conquer


Home Page: Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis at Vanity Fair

Michael Lewis at Big Think

NY Times Review

Movie Watch

The Queen of Versailles

I checked this out at the urging of staff cinephile Anne Nelson, and it offers a most unique take on the financial crisis.  What a hoot!  Amazon pegs this one perfectly:

“The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.”

Final Words…

I can’t wait to chat with you on February 11, 2013, when we are slated to explore Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game.  I spend an enormous amount of time evaluating works before deciding that they are suitable for discussion.  One of the tools that I use is the “wisdom of the crowd” bar chart at Amazon, and this one sports some seriously sexy data.  For real, look at what the crowd says about Ender’s Game!

ender's game amazon stats 4

Did I mention that Annette “Pedagog” Newcomb is set to lead the discussion? This one has brainiac brouhaha written all over it.  Won’t you please join us.

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3 responses to “Boomerang

  1. Thank you, Frank. You make the library such a friendly place!
    I downloaded the audiobook, “Ender’s Game”, from I started listening and I’m hooked already! It’s like listening to a drama on the radio. Lots of good dialogue.

    BTW, there’s a movie of “Ender’s Game” coming out later this year, starring Harrison Ford.
    “Ender’s Game” (2013):
    IMDb DESCRIPTION: “70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.”
    This is terrific! —Joy

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