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Me Until one night on a desperate two am run to 7 Eleven he falls in with some local stoners and they end up hatching the biggest and most misbegotten plan ye Richard Russo one of my favorite writers was asked a while back to name some recent books he d enjoyed He rattled off a few titles then ended his list with anything by Jess Walter I can see why Walter is funny writes as though it s an easy thing to do reveals what we recognize as true human nature and creates characters who aren t perfect but you find yourself pulling for anyway In other words he s a lot like Russo This particular one may not reach the same heights as Citizen Vince the best of the four Walter books I ve now read but it s still entertaining On the face of it the plot might seem silly Matt Prior uit his job with the newspaper to launch a website devoted to financial news and commentary presented entirely in blank verse In the meantime his beautiful but perhaps less than faithful wife developed an eBay addiction Their financial situation was understandably dire The story begins at a 7 Eleven where Matt falls in with a pack of dope smoking slackers His schemes for getting back on track seem to have been influenced by the new pharmacologically advanced pot that he sampled Trouble ensues along with a dark and sarcastic form of hilarity The Financial Lives of the Poets is well worth the small investment in time And there s plenty of great dialog to make it livelier still My only criticism is that it seemed almost too easy When a track star runs the mile we d be disappointed if he s not breathing hard even if he finishes below 4 minutes Walter said in an interview at the end of the book that it took him a very short while not than a few months to put this one together Be that as it may I contend that the hastily constructed ramblings by a talented guy like Walter are far better than the ponderous works by the multitudes of lesser lights 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in with some local stoners and they end up hatching the biggest and most misbegotten plan ye Richard Russo one of my favorite writers was asked a while back to name some recent books he d enjoyed He rattled off a few titles then ended his list with anything by Jess Walter I can see why Walter La ética de la crueldad is funny writes as though 3052 it s an easy thing to do reveals what we recognize as true human nature and creates characters who aren t perfect but you find yourself pulling for anyway In other words he s a lot like Russo This particular one may not reach the same heights as Citizen Vince the best of the four Walter books I ve now read but Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories it s still entertaining On the face of Mercator it the plot might seem silly Matt Prior uit his job with the newspaper to launch a website devoted to financial news and commentary presented entirely Pasos perdidos en Granada in blank verse In the meantime his beautiful but perhaps less than faithful wife developed an eBay addiction Their financial situation was understandably dire The story begins at a 7 Eleven where Matt falls Suffering and no suffering in with a pack of dope smoking slackers His schemes for getting back on track seem to have been Can We Live 150 Years? influenced by the new pharmacologically advanced pot that he sampled Trouble ensues along with a dark and sarcastic form of hilarity The Financial Lives of the Poets The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is well worth the small Robs Shiny Dumptruck investment Roller Girl it livelier still My only criticism Mama Glow is that Fire in the Sky it seemed almost too easy When a track star runs the mile we d be disappointed olga spessivtzeva if he s not breathing hard even ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! if he finishes below 4 minutes Walter said I Am Providence in an An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, interview at the end of the book that The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob it took him a very short while not than a few months to put this one together Be that as WeVe Only Just Begun it may I contend that the hastily constructed ramblings by a talented guy like Walter are far better than the ponderous works by the multitudes of lesser lights

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What happens when small time reporter Matthew Prior uits his job to gamble everything on a uixotic notion a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the fo Warning The first part of this review consists of my idle musings on a topic that occurred to me while reading this book If you don t give a damn about that and just want to get on with the review skip downEver notice how it seems like the same idea start showing up in a variety of tv shows films or books at roughly the same time I m not talking about the straight up rip offs that appear when something like The DaVinci Code hits it big or when trends like vampires or zombies become hot and spark countless films books comics etc to cash in I m talking about when a specific idea seems to come up repeatedly For example back in the 90s Grosse Pointe Blank had a gag where a hit man was talking to a therapist A year later Lawrence Block had his contract killer Keller talking to a shrink in the book Hit Man Two years after that psychiatrist Billy Crystal was giving advice to a mobbed up Robert DeNiro in Analyze This That same year saw the beginning of Tony Soprano s relationship with Dr Melfi Correction Someone pointed out in the comments that Block wrote the short story Keller In Therapy before Grosse Pointe Blank came out In the novel Hit Man Block took several Keller short stories and used them as bits for the novel and I had only read the novel not the stories so I didn t realize that Block had beaten GPB to the punch as far as the idea of a hit man talking to a therapist As a Lawrence Block fan this makes me happyNone of these really seem like any form of plagiarism Even though they all traded on the idea of a professional criminals talking to psychiatrists they all did very different things with the concept Yet it always bugged me a little I feel like David Chase creator of The Sopranos should be sending royalty checks and gift baskets to the Gross Pointe Blank screenwriters Lawrence BlockI got that same feeling while reading The Financial Lives of the Poets when a broke suburbanite turns to dealing pot to save his house Didn t Weeds already do this story And hasn t Breaking Bad earned acclaim for having a dweeb science teacher turn to dealing meth when facing cancer and huge medical billsOther than that basic idea of a desperate law abiding citizen becoming a drug dealer due to financial hardship these stories have little else in common And the idea of the ordinary person turning to crime due to extenuating circumstances has been done a million different ways You can t copyright a basic idea eg Superman led to countless rip offs but DC uickly found out that as long as the costumes and powers were slightly different they lost most of their lawsuits because they couldn t own the superhero concept But whenever I notice an incident of these similar ideas it makes me think about where the line is as far as specific plot points We now resume your regularly scheduled reviewMatt Prior is in a bit of a pickle He used to be a financial reporter who let the skyrocketing value of his home and a few good stock picks blind him to the huge debt he was accumulating Plus he made the spectacularly bad decision of uitting his newspaper job to start a website that combined financial news and poetry When the bottom dropped out of the economy in 2008 Matt finds himself jobless and on the verge of losing his houseHe also has to try and take care of his father who is suffering from dementia and he s pretty sure that his wife s flirtation with an old boyfriend on Facebook is turning into something serious Plus if he can t afford the private school tuition for his two sons he s convinced that the shitty public school in his area will only teach his boys how to sharpen plastic spoons into shivsWhen Matt does a late night convenience store run for milk he meets some young stoners and ends up getting high with them Realizing that the pot of today is much improved from the marijuana of his youth and that all the middle aged people he knows would welcome the chance to buy some high grade weed Matt hatches a desperate scheme to use the last of his money to buy a couple of pounds of pot from his new stoner pals and re sell itThis was an incredibly well written book that uses dark humor to explore the economic abyss that many people found themselves in after the real estate bubble burst Matt s predicament is all too familiar and his sadly funny reflections on how he followed the expert financial advice right over the cliff is a grim reminder of how bad things have been for some people in the last couple of years The book also deals with the guilt that Matt feels for not realizing sooner that his high debt lifestyle could only have led to disasterI had never heard of Jess Walter and picked this book up when the title caught my eye and I saw a gajillion raving blurbs on the cover I ll definitely be checking out of his work Manga in the fo Warning The first part of this review 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Rm of blank verseBefore long he wakes up to find himself jobless hobbled with debt spying on his wife's online flirtation and six days away from losing his ho Yeahhhh not a fan I dunno it s decently written and decently paced and decently plotted but it s kind of too much of those things a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong but deflated pretty fastIt s about a middle class family in the throes of the mortgage crisis who are about to lose their house In a desperate last ditch effort to get financially solvent Dad view spoilerbecomes a small time drug dealer hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Financial Lives of the Poets

  1. says:

    I recall standing in Seattle's ueen Anne Bookstore on a rainy late autumn afternoon in 2009 reading the jacket of this book and ultimately pas

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    Warning The first part of this review consists of my idle musings on a topic that occurred to me while reading this book If you don’t give a damn about that and just want to get on with the review skip downEver notice how

  3. says:

    With all of those Breaking BadWeeds comparisons in Kemper’s most excellent review I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasm “Here they are again—the bent boys baked and buzzed boys wasted red eyed dry mouth high boys coursing narrow bright aisles huntin

  4. says:

    I just fell in love with Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins and I was really happy to see that he's been able to do his magic with this b

  5. says:

    Yeahhhh not a fan I dunno it's decently written and decently paced and decently plotted but it's kind of too much of those things a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong but deflated pretty fastIt's about a middle class family in the throes of the mortgage crisis who are about to lose their house In a desperate last ditch effort to get financially solvent Dad view spoilerbecomes a

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    Richard Russo one of my favorite writers was asked a while back to name some recent books he’d enjoyed He rattled off a few titles then ended his list with “anything by Jess Walter” I can see why Walter is funny writes as though it’s an easy thing to do reveals what we recognize as true human nature and creates characters who aren’t perfect but you find yourself pulling for anyway In other words he’s a lot like Russo This parti

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    If I were a publisher I’d fight to publish Jess Walter He writes funny literary commercial novels with mass a

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    A former financial journalist decides to branch out into a new innovative field financial news presented in poetic form Unfortunately poetfoliocom doesn't take off and leaves him with a mountain of debt Couple that with his

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    Jess Walter has in short shrift become my single favorite contemporary author I was first introduced to his work through his contribution to the series of short stories in the Warmer cli fi collection where he was absolutely brilliant This innovative novel has only solidified my fan statusThe Financial Lives of the Poets opens with an introduction to Matt an out of work journalist fresh off of a failed business attempt to meld poetry and f

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