Liar’s Poker -or- how easy it is to pretend we understand anything
This week I’ve been roaming about Austin, watching movies & eating fried pickles.
Time spent alone required traveling long distances and exploring a city overrun with nerds & music humpers alike - reading time at the SF Embassy was few and far between.
For better or worse, this week & 1/2 was another experiment in how much what we focus on can change how we think. I watched more films than I read, to be sure. But I was reminded of just how powerful films can be. Films open worlds in different ways than books… which is why, when care is taken, that movie adaptations can be so very amazing. What I love is how images from both mediums can be so enduring & it has been lovely to read a brillant book about a world far away from the insanity of Austin.
But enough about Austin
On the topic of reading
my advice is to get yourself a copy of Liar’s Poker.
And read it with care.
Put away your inclination to see far & distant meaning in what you read.
For these moments of “oh, that explains everything” will come to you often & without edit.
Ignore their temptation.
The urge to be convinced that you understand what is being discussed.
How this story all fits together is riveting, to be sure.
But what this book has to offer are not simple answers.
It cannot explain to you how markets are made or broken.
It can, however, open to you a new context for how people work within & around the market.
Context like that is always worth a read.