Author Archives: SJ

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Hey, I Wrote Another Book

It’s really good, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s Bethany McLean, author of one of the best books ever in the genre, “The Smartest Guys in the Room”: “Ever since the GameStop saga erupted into the headlines in … Continue reading

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Half-baked Marathon

  Foiled again — sort of. I was signed up to run a half marathon in Brooklyn this morning. When I woke up at 4:00 a.m. to walk the dog before driving to the city, I double checked the email … Continue reading

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An Insider’s Guide to New York City

Welcome to the Big Apple!  They say that the best way to experience a city is to act like a local. I couldn’t agree more. I’m sure that you can spot out-of-towners a mile away wherever it is you’re from … Continue reading

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Oh, Did I Mention I Went to Princeton?*

The shocking college admissions scandal has produced some interesting reactions from outrage to schadenfreude to utter disbelief that well-heeled parents would be so idiotic. After all, there is a fully-legal, tax-deductible way to get all but the stupidest kids into … Continue reading

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Some exotic vacations engender envy. Mine often bring concerned expressions from friends and neighbors. (“Um, Uzbekistan?”) One I took last month fell into the latter category, with an added helping of rude comments about pole dancers and the like. But … Continue reading

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Letter From a Failing Hedge Fund Manager

Letter from a Failing Hedge Fund Manager Dear valued clients, Sometimes I feel like explaining what I do with your money takes almost as much effort as making it grow. Still, it’s worth it. I’m confident that one day these … Continue reading

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I Am a Bad Gym Member

So there were a few new faces at my gym this week. I seem to recall seeing the same thing about a year ago and about a year before that. If you go frequently enough, and particularly if you normally … Continue reading

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Super Carb Me

Morgan Spurlock, eat your cholesterol-clogged heart out. The filmmaker and human guinea pig behind the documentary “Super Size Me” consumed nothing but McDonald’s for a whole month and – surprise, surprise – gained 24 pounds. How about eating fattening, salty … Continue reading

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I ♥ the Sunk Cost Fallacy

The above picture was taken almost exactly 61 years ago in front of Hungary’s parliament building during the brief revolution against Communist rule. I don’t know who the people in the picture raising the old Hungarian flag atop a captured … Continue reading

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For Whom the Ironman Tolls

The Wall Street Journal isn’t all business. Long time readers know that nearly every issue (“nearly” because there wasn’t one on Sept 12, 2001, for example) has a Page One article known as the “A-hed” that is whimsical. I’ve been reading … Continue reading

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