The perverse allure of reading fiction about money, from Fitzgerald to Wolfe

SFC-2020-05-05My May 5, 2020 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

I was one of those weirdos who was perversely addicted to the media frenzy a dozen years ago surrounding Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Of course I acknowledged the enormity of the tragic consequences for many of Madoff’s investors. Nevertheless, I gobbled up every detail about the scandal, right down to stories about his wife, Ruth, whose exclusive Manhattan hair salon, florist and favorite Italian restaurant declared her persona non grata.

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