Why the Financial System Collapsed, “In One Simple Sentence”

The genius that is Calvin Trillin continues. Hot on the heels of his Polanski Poetry, Trillin turns in a New York Times op-ed that not only bursts with literary-nonfictional vigor, but that also manages to explain last year’s financial collapse in one succinct sentence. As Alex Balk put it, “Calvin Trillin For Mayor Of Awesome Town.”


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.