Before Matt Taibbi was a heroin-addicted, horse semen-throwing expatriate editor of Moscow’s eXile (and way before he was a coffee-throwing, Vampire Squid-coining, National Magazine Award-winning journalist) he was just a mopey kid at mopey kid-paradise Bard college. Although he did always have a thing for the Russians.
In the September issue of Read More
Matt “vampire squid” Taibbi has gotten another book deal, described on Publisher’s Marketplace as “a new work of narrative nonfiction on crime, finance, and the new class divide in America” sold to Chris Jackson at Spiegel & Grau, a Random House imprint.
The Guardian is now publishing short e-books, starting with the collected Read More
Wall Street Mischief
“I’ve been trying not to say anything bad about Andrew Ross Sorkin,” Matt Taibbi writes about the perky business desk blog whiz at the New York Times. “I even made a point of not watching Too Big To Fail so as not to get upset.”
But maybe Andrew Ross Sorkin does not like to be Read More
“I think in the last year I’ve done, I want to say–it’s tough–a few dozen? Thirty to forty would be my guess?”
Jonah Lehrer, a contributing editor at Wired, was on the phone from Los Angeles Monday evening, trying to recall how many paid speeches he had delivered in 2010. Mr. Lehrer, 29, is the Read More
Outside of a few elections here and there, the most important thing that happened to the United States of America yesterday was the release of Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia, a book-length version of his iconic Goldman-Sachs-as-vampire-squid Rolling Stone extravaganza. (The secret AIG book was big, too.) Mr. Taibbi, whom The Observer interviewed for a Read More
If political/financial/sports journalist Matt Taibbi were writing the introduction to this slideshow, he would probably do something self-referential, exaggerated and parodic. Something like, “Throughout his aggressive, mischievous, occasionally drug-fueled career, Taibbi has made cunnilingus jokes about a secretary of state, found the lighter side in the death of a Pope and chronicled the historical role Read More
At the climax of this summer’s silly Wall Street sequel, Oliver Stone’s camera lingers on our young hero’s bombshell banking exposé. “The first thing you need to know,” it says, “is that it’s everywhere.” As if it weren’t already clear that Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone Goldman Sachs profile has been the splashiest piece of financial Read More
Squids & Stones
As I wrote in this week’s Observer, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps turns out to be an exceedingly odd version of the story of the financial crisis. By far, the most memorably specific reference to the last three years is a bombshell exposé that Carey Mulligan’s character, Gordon Gekko’s daughter, posts to her Web Read More
“Are you a bee? Do you like to sting people?” a handsome banking executive in a merlot-colored suit growls to his protégé. It is early afternoon in the third-floor offices of a midtown skyscraper, the News Corporation headquarters, and select middle-aged men are watching an advanced screening of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the Oliver Read More
7/4/10 In this moment of national and personal crisis, I have resolved to record my final thoughts of each day in the hopes of drawing strength from a purer form of expression. I wonder if Malcolm Gladwell does anything like this?
7/5 Profile of me out in New York magazine today, generally Read More