Reader Notice: Thanks for Great Response and Follow Up

I’ve gotten a very good response to my request for help with my upcoming book, both for research/sanity check support and (when the project is further along) review of select chapters.

For the benefit of those who expressed interest in being on the research team (not to worry, it will not be a cast of thousands), I need to organize some of the tasks I see as clearly needing to be done (others, more focused, will no doubt come up as I get further along in my own research) so that we can see if this might be a fit.

That is a long-winded way of saying that I need to set out explicitly how I am going about it and where I now see gaps (I have it in my head, but I doubt any of you are mind readers). That will enable those who put up their hands to ascertain whether this is indeed their cup of tea, and if so, what tasks in particular might appeal to them. I have a few other deck clearing activities underway (you do not want to know, I spent the better part of Friday PM dealing with plumbing), and so expect to get back to those of you who e-mailed me by mid-next week.

Thanks again!

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  1. David

    If there is any hangup at all, I’m sure my employer would love to publish your book. Currently, we have three books on the NYT Bestseller List. Just put this in the back of your mind and email if I can be of any help whatsoever.

    I’ll be buying it regardless…

  2. sjc

    I would be up to the task of back rubbing, if that would be O.K. with you Yves.

    I’m sure you will produce a most readable product.

  3. Anonymous


    If the Treasury Tots was schooled by you, they wouldn’t a made the bank mess messier.

    Wish I could help you out, but I’m not much good with books and such. If you need any brush cleared though, just holler or tweet, cuz like Presdent Bush, I’m out a work and just cruisin on my mountain bike, looking for something to chainsaw.

    Hope your book turns out nice and heavy.

  4. john bougearel

    Yves, this is stellar news. I had no idea you were thinking along the lines of a book. Yes, you should be writing a book on this crisis.

    One of the weird thing about this crisis, for those of us who have been following it 24/7: it has ramped up our deliberating, reading and writing skills just a notch further. And by that I mean to suggest that the writing part of the book should probably fly for you.

    If you recall the legend of Curly in the movie “Urban Cowboys” you only had to remember “just one thing.”

    Curly: You know what the secret of life is?
    Mitch: No, what?
    Curly: [holding up one finger] This.
    Mitch: Your finger?
    Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and
    everything else don’t mean [nothing]. . . .
    Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?
    Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out. 2

    Yves, I hope you got that one thing figured out already (and suspect you do) and that being so, go write to your hearts content. It should flow like a river. Have fun doing it too!~

    Having finished my book on the crisis, one thing I did not flesh out as much as I would have liked in hindsight (amongst others) was that the need for the individual’s role within our separate communities must be expanded. If we can help, w ought to. Those that really need help in our communities are growing exponentially as we begin 2009. Our spirit of volunteerism must be more than proportionate to the expanding needs of others in our communities.

  5. Anonymous

    You should leave a chapter for your failures

    Unless you still think the decline in trade is because of rejecting pre-existing and formerly accepted LOCs

  6. retread

    4:45, petty, stupid comment. Jealous? Sure looks that way.

    YS never said trouble getting LCs was THE cause of the trade slowdown, but A factor. There’s been an order of magnitude more posts about overextended US consumers retrenching and their (former) role as the source of net demand.

  7. Anonymous

    I have been a pension administrator (defined benefit plans only) for 35 years and could do some review related to pension plans.

  8. john bougearel


    Edmund Burke commented the following in his “Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents”: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

    While the push back from the good can be said to be less than we would have hoped for against bad, Naked Capitalism has always been a blog where the good have associated, and we will forever be indebted and grateful to you.

  9. OSR

    Please. Not another clever Corporate Finance Advisor by day, cruel dominatrix by night novel.

  10. Reverb


    From the mortgage side, I bet you dollars to donuts that most of the top mortgage shops in the country had underwriting reporting up through the sales production folks. Ours did. Just a thought.

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