Here is the reading list for our November 12 workshop, ICI Read-Around: Analyzing Fine Writing to Build Our Repertoire and Speed.
Please read these 12 samples. If you don’t have time to read all of the longer samples, please read enough of the sample to discuss it on Thursday.
When you’re reading each sample, please keep these questions in mind:
- What do you like about the writer’s style?
- Has this writer used a technique we might consider imitating or adopting in one of our ICI products?
2. Chapter 1 of The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
3. Washington Post article, “In New Castle, Pa., trying to break free of poverty“
4. Vanity Fair article, “The Serious Problem with Treating Donald Trump Seriously“
5. “Shooting An Elephant” by George Orwell
6. “Walden,” an essay by E.B. White, published originally in One Man’s Meat
7. Post in the Wait But Why blog, “The Procrastination Matrix” by Tim Urban
8. Esquire article, “Everest at the Bottom of the Sea” by Bucky McMahon
9. Wall Street Journal article, “The Tax Threat to Your Mutual Fund” by Bill McNabb (To read this article, you must log in to the WSJ.)
10. Wall Street Journal article, “Donald Trump, Meet Herbert Hoover” by George Melloan (To read this article, you must log in to the WSJ.)
11. Esquire article, “Heavenly Father!” “I love you all!” “I love everyone!” “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” “I love all of you!” by Luke Dittrich
12. “IOSCO and the international reform agenda for financial markets,” a speech by Greg Medcraft, Chairman, International Organization of Securities
Commissions, to the National Press Club, Washington, DC, 22 June 2015 (NOTE: The person who submitted this wanted it to be made clear that she didn’t think this is necessarily great writing. But she liked the structure—the very clear signposts throughout the speech. She also thought, though, that this technique may have been used used too much.)
14. Three speeches by Jeanne Arnold:
And here are the three speeches: Wharton was first, ANBIMA second, DUFAS third.
- ICI Wharton speech, “Global Risk Assessment for Pensions and Other Nonbank Financial Institutions,” delivered on May 1, 2015
- ICI ANBIMA speech, “Understanding the Debate Surrounding Asset Management and Systemic Risk and How it Could Affect the Brazilian Market,” delivered on May 20, 2015
- ICI DUFAS speech, “Regulation by Conjecture: Central Bankers’ Push to Regulate Capital Markets,” delivered on June 10, 2015
Synopsis / Progression:
- Wharton was differences between funds and banking, why funds don’t present systemic risk, and implications of SIFI work for pension funds
- ANBIMA was differences between funds and banking, why funds don’t present systemic risk, and why they don’t present risk to emerging markets, such as Brazil. (ANBIMA is Brazilian association of funds.)
- DUFAS was our response to FSB’s second G-SIFI consultation, why funds don’t present systemic risk, and how designation could affect capital market development.