On the last weekday before Father's Day, I'll close out my week's posting with my BookExpo interview with Michael Lewis. You likely know Lewis, whether from his now-classic business memoir, Liar's Poker, or his more recent bestsellers on innovative thinkers in sports, Moneyball and The Blind Side (and their companion piece on Shane Battier and the NBA in the New York Times Magazine), or any of his half-dozen other smart takes on business and technology and, well, whatever he turns his mind to. He has a Gladwellian ability to pull out a sharp and witty contrarian narrative from a subject you might think you already know everything about, though he tends to work with longer, more personality-driven stories than Gladwell's anecdotes.
We talked about two books: one, his current new release, is Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, a collection of the funny and frank diaries he wrote for Slate after each of his three children was born. They work as a sort of companion piece to Ayelet Waldman's recent Bad Mother, both breaking taboos about modern perfect parenthood and arguing that honesty about the ambivalences and imperfections of our parenting will actually help us become better, less stressed fathers and mothers. The other book is not out yet--in fact, he's still writing it: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which comes out in November. It's an account of our economic meltdown from the familiar Lewis perspective of a few iconoclastic thinkers who saw it coming ahead of time--and placed a big bet on it. It's also his first book on Wall Street since Liar's Poker, a subject he never thought he'd write about again.
We split the interview between the two books (skip ahead to about the 9:48 mark if you want to go straight to the Wall Street stuff), but throughout he was as interesting and articulate in person as he is on the page. You can listen here in our player, or read the full transcript after the jump: