Jerrold Fine has written a novel which should be of interest to dailyspec readers:

This debut novel, Make Me Even and I’ll Never Gamble Again, follows a young man who, hoping to achieve financial independence, finds himself drawn to the stock market.

By the early 1970s, Rogers Stout is only 16 years old, but his father, Dr. Charles Stout, wants his son to live up to his potential. The Ohio teen is bright but putting minimal effort into high school studies. This changes the summer before his senior year with an internship at Prescott & Prescott, a stock brokerage and investment banking firm. Rogers becomes fascinated by the stock market and sets his sights on a finance major at Penn-Wharton in Philadelphia. He closely follows the market all through college, gradually developing abilities, such as how to deconstruct a company’s financials and analyze its prospects.

As an exceptional poker player, courtesy of regular sessions with his dad, Rogers equates his investment philosophy with the card game. He plays while winning and stops to reassess his strategy after he’s lost. Rogers hard work pays off, as he lands a gig at a research and money management firm in New York. But his subsequent plan to invest in a small company is an unquestionable risk, and life, like the financial markets, can change instantly and unexpectedly. Despite the desperation implied by the title, the levelheaded protagonist is rarely distraught. (The title is derived from a line that a losing poker player “not Rogers” utters.) Still, Fine’s coming-of-age tale is engrossing. The historical backdrop, for one, is an enhancement: Rogers witnesses the 1973-74 stock market crash and worries about his girlfriend, Charlotte Marks, who, in 1977, is in a war zone in Cambodia for Doctors Without Borders. There’s also turmoil in the protagonist’s personal life, as banker Elsbeth Aylesworth fills the void created by his geographical separation from Charlotte. Prose is detail-laden, including poker and baseball games as well as investments, while financial terminology is adequately explained. But there’s still room for humor: Rogers description of his job is to read and think and then occasionally make a bold decision. A leisurely paced but ultimately absorbing story of an aspiring Wall Street trader.





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  1. marion dreyfus on September 5, 2018 7:56 pm

    Another book of interest, and a writer of note:
    Dr.Phyllis Chesler reads from her 18th at the Strand
    By marion d s dreyfus

    World-renowned author and politically forward Dr. Phyllis Chesler has written her 18th book.

    In the Jewish religion, there’s special significance to the number 18, which in numerological terms, adding up the letters that comprise the word Chai—life–equals 18.

    Dr. Chesler, Professor Emerita, from the inception of the Women’s Movement, and the publication of her WOMEN AND MADNESS (1972), has been a champion of maligned, all-but-invisible, abused people in areas of the globe where they have always lacked a voice.

    Dr.Chesler read from her A Politically Incorrect Feminist at the iconic Village-located Strand bookstore’s third floor event-space on the day her newest work was published by St. Martins.

    Chesler has in the past published scholarly—yet always lively and readable—works on the new anti-Semitism, on gender-apartheid, on honor killing, on her life as a young bride in a Muslim near-hareem in Kabul, on FGM, and topics that have been touted and promoted by the scions of the media loudspeakers we looked to for imprimaturs, as well as those fields of concern the megaphonic media chose not to notice, as inconvenient.

    The major organs of bespectacled endorsement have not thought to correct or notice that women as topic have been “largely disappeared” from curricula and scholarly study.

    The storied author notes that there are virtually no courses that work with the historic documents or filmic records of the Movement, the which gave birth, recently, to the “Me, Too” thing ricocheting in ongoing debate.

    One has to journey to the UK to find a course that teaches Simone de Beauvoir. Apparently, women are overshadowed by that endless and irritating darling of the Jurassic media, Racism. Ta-daah! Gender studies is perhaps a cover for transgenderism and newer, isms. Women’s studies and theory are consigned to the back of the jitney.

    During the hour-plus reading at the Strand, a car horn, somewhere downstairs on Broadway or East 12th Street, tocsinned on and on, insistently, as if it were the court-appointed courier of New York City, waking the locals to what was being memorialized upstairs.

    Chesler champions Zionism and Israel, departing from so many of the current feminists who hold more with the shabby tenets of leftism and Marxism, forgetting that, many are themselves the results of the Hebraic thread through history. Self-denying Jews.

    And there is, no mistaking it, a price to be paid for running against the herd. The feminists of today are, for the most part, loud in their non-crit of the Palestinians, drenched in the blood of terrorism, infamy and history-denial. The left, as ever, unreasonably ugly. Cold,

    Attendees at the Strand reading room included numerous ‘originalists’ (if we might borrow that term from occasional Supreme Court juridical descriptors), as well as scholars and leading lights in many fields, though some of the names may not be familiar.

    Prominent “pioneers” were there — and Jewish scholars, linguists, historians and others, advocates for freedom, advocates for justice, advocates of reform of Islamism, especially its muted and abused moiety of women.

    So. Despite the changing fashion of support for or abstinence from certain issues that enter or leave political correctness, Chesler fearlessly continues her advocacy for freedoms and consideration for the millions of silenced who have forgotten to remember those die daily, and who need our voices.

    A voice always mindful and life-affirming. And heard.Chai, life, indeed.

    marion d s dreyfus . . . 29 August 20©18


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