Sleigh Bells - “Riot Rhythm”
This is mostly what I listened to while reading The Big Short: Music that has the distinct characteristic of epitomizing chaos, mischief, and blunt trauma psychosis. Which is how The Big Short essentially reads. I said it before, but: it’s like watching a movie where everybody is some kind of villain, but the protagonists - Steve Eisman, Mike Burry, the Cornwall Capital boys, that dickbag from Deutsche Bank nobody likes - are by and large heroes in this story, because they represent tectonic breaks in traditional thinking. The underdog factor is hysterical, even as these guys win millions of dollars against the guys who wouldn’t listen to them as they were informed - repeatedly - that they were about to rob everyone blind. I still have yet to read the original paper that the book was based on, but I did get to Peter Lattman’s great interview with the girl who wrote it at Harvard, which acts as a nice primer.
But: If this is where The Big Short started, or at the very least, Lewis’ investigation - and not like I’ve got to the time to read them, but it’s probably worth an exercise - where are the next generation of papers like this emerging from, and who’s writing them? Or was this the exception to the rule of otherwise unreadable thesis papers churned out by even the best grad and B-School programs in the country?