Unabridged and Cliff’s Notes

People who know my background and views frequently ask me what I recommend to someone who wants to learn more about “the current (financial) unpleasantness.”

Besides this blog, that is.  🙂

My response:  “how much time do you have?”

From most-to-least time-consuming, here are my recommendations.

A weekend:  Michael Lewis’ fabulous “The Big Short.”

Two hours:  “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson pitch-perfect, Oscar-winning documentary on epic Wall Street greed and corruption — and its many enablers.

Five minutes:   Calvin Trillin’s Op-Ed bemused take on things, “Wall Street Smarts,” in The New York Times.

Trillin does “droll” much better than moral outrage, when the latter is clearly called for.

And, unfortunately, 5 minutes really isn’t enough to understand the origin(s) of today’s financial mess.

But, what Trillin says about Wall Street’s makeup today relative to a generation ago is undoubtedly true.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.
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