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Friday, February 20, 2009

Essential nerdiness

Ben and I were joking last week that Michael Lewis will always be a salesman--and it's totally great. It's his job to convince us of the story he's telling, the novelty of it, and we are ready to buy it. I've been anxiously awaiting the New Enthusiast's take on Lewis's NYT Magazine article on data-crunching in the NBA, which in its blog post form has a nifty intro about Charles Darwin:
Lewis has built a career investigating those people who, like Darwin, achieved some unlikely success by valuing what others ignore and ignoring what others value. It’s come to be known as the Moneyball approach, but it’s apparent in The New New Thing, The Blind Side, and his recent articles uncovering the origins of the financial crisis. Lewis typically writes really, really engrossing narratives that do a good job making you, the reader, interested in the nerds featured therein while still remaining faithful to the essential nerdiness that motivates their pursuits.

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