Below is the May 2010 reading schedule for, Digging Deeper, UFPPC's Monday evening book group. ...
May 2010 READING SCHEDULE
--DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.
May 3 & 10, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXXII: Derivatives
(1) Simon Johnson and James Kwak, 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (Pantheon, 2010). “Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what comes next for the world economy. Dangerous and reckless elements of our financial sector have become too powerful and must be reined in. If this problem is not addressed there is serious trouble in all our futures.” —Nouriel Roubini.
(2) Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W.W. Norton, 2010). "Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 best-selling Liar’s Poker. . . . [A]s compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times." —New York Times.
May 17, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXXIII: Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis and Persepolis 2 (Pantheon, 2003 [orig. French ed. 2000] and 2004 (orig. French ed. 2001). "A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life . . . That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable." —Time.
May 24, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXXIV: Edward Said on media
Edward Said, Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World (Pantheon, 1981; updated ed. 1997). "Professor Said is adept at holding a mirror up to American attitudes toward Islam. . . . [He] skillfully traces the origins of American misinformation about Islam to the way that Orientalist scholarship is financed and organized in this country. . . . This plea amounts to a prescription for cultural self-awareness that will be wasted on none of us." —New York Times Book Review (Christopher Lemann-Haupt).