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What happens when small time reporter Matthew Prior uits his job to gamble everything on a uixotic notion a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the fo With all of those Breaking BadWeeds comparisons in Kemper s most excellent review I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasm Here they are again the bent boys baked and buzzed boys wasted red eyed dry mouth high boys coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are twitchy hands wadding bills they spill on the counter so pleased and so proud as if they re the very inventors of stoned And here he is Matt your stereotypical white middle aged douchebag waiting in line at the 711 after midnight with the milk for his kid s cereal that he d forgotten to pick up earlier Sleep has failed him yet again what with the worry of financial ruin hanging over his head He s an out of work newspaper man with an overdue mortgage failing marriage and a live in father who s slowing losing his mind to dementia The internet has all but destroyed the newspaper industry and with the economy in the toilet what s a guy gotta do to catch a break Nice slippers yo one of the stoners comments with a nod towards Matt as he exits the store Here s a twentysomething white tattooed hoodlum with sagging pants and long hair hitting the pipe right out in the open Wanna hit Matt waves him off and heads on towards his car Hell it s been nearly fifteen years back to his college day since he d smoked any weed As he s reminiscing over the good old days making his way across the parking lot he stops short does a double take Something causes him to hesitate to open that car door Could it be all those fond memories or that all too familiar smell or the fact that his life is crumbling to ashes all around him who s to say But the next thing he knows he s agreed to give these guys a lift to a party Damn Matt suppresses a cough Nose runs Eyes burn Someone is composting leaves in his throat Scraping his lungs with a shovel Wow Good huh ask Jamie Matt hacks Not bad Shit s designer Like thee hunnerd an ounce Skeet says And with that the wheels begin to turn Matt begins to consider how weak the weed from his youth was compared to this stuff What would his friends think of this designer shit How many would want a taste Could this possibly be the answer that he s been searching for The key to his salvation If not he could still maybe make some uick cash Maybe enough to get his head above water Hours later stoned out of his gourd back from yet another trip to the 711 for some munchies Matt s returned home with a big smile Because as fucked as the world is as grim as the future surely seems to be as grim as it revealed itself to be for his mother as she lay dying of the tumor that kills us all there is a truth he cannot deny a thing no creditor can take even as his doomed boys stir in the cold unknowing of predawn sleep even as the very life leaches out of him soaks into the berber into the cracks of his arid grave he must grudgingly admit that was one great goddamn burrito Ha Great open chapter there with and excellent poetic conclusion However the problem is that the story continues and the cold hard reality sets in What had begun as a hilarious romp thru 711 and stonerville uickly devolves into a monotonous slog through the depressing loss of everything around him A crushing downward spiral of self pity sets inConversations with his dad are repeated ad nauseam due to his debilitating dementia Matt becomes less and less amusing as he rehashes the same old tired jokes There s little to no character development specifically with his wife who s nothing than a cardboard caricature But my biggest complaint is that there is no redemptive arc to the story nothing to counter all that depression simply a final grueling reality checkI don t know if that s your idea of a good time but not me Go cry into your pillow Matt I don t need 250 pages to wallow in your misery You can t even get drug dealing right If you ever made it into an episode of Breaking Bad you d be killed off in the first five minutes for comic relief What a chumpMy advice to anyone foolish enough to consider it anything other than misleading do yourself a favor read chapter one 5 stars and chuck the rest 1 star That alone would make for a brilliant short story in my opinion

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Me Until one night on a desperate two am run to 7 Eleven he falls in with some local stoners and they end up hatching the biggest and most misbegotten plan ye If I were a publisher I d fight to publish Jess Walter He writes funny literary commercial novels with mass appeal and I m happy to be part of his adoring public The Financial Lives of Poets is my fourth Walter book and my favorite so far Unemployed business journalist and American Dream addict Matt Prior s downward spiral into inept drug dealing is not dark because he s so honest about his desperation and idiot attempts to save his and his family s behinds I loved everybody in this book and mostly I love Jess Walter for applying his fine literary techniue to such a sweet story that you can feel his love

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Rm of blank verseBefore long he wakes up to find himself jobless hobbled with debt spying on his wife's online flirtation and six days away from losing his ho This is going to take some linguistic acrobatics I m going to spend the next 500 or so words trying to convince you that a story about bad choices despair near financial ruin and a failing marriage is one of the funniest most charming and downright best books you ll read in a long long time Jess Walter s The Financial Lives of the Poets is fantastic an authentic and timely story featuring cameos from the mortgage crisis the slow death of newspapers and the increasingly intense culture wars But Walter manages to keep it light and it s just a whole lot of fun The story goes like this Middle aged Matt Prior s comfortable upper middle class suburban life has imploded and now he s like a guy in one of those air blown money grab phone booths trying to grasp at the tatters of his sanity Two years ago Matt had uit his secure job as a financial journalist to start a Web site in which financial advice is doled out in poetry form hence the novel is peppered with snippets of free verse At the last minute he got cold feet went back to his newspaper but was laid off four months later Now Matt is a few days from losing his house And his wife apparently fed up with how things have gone down lately is ramping up a Facebook flirtation with an old boyfriendBut this all happened off page The novel actually begins in medias res with unemployed increasingly desperate Matt who I kept envisioning looking exactly like Walter s photo at left on the back flap going out late at night to buy milk at a 7 Eleven Offered a joint by a stoned teenager in the parking lot Matt thinks what the hell and spends the rest of the night out partyingOver the next few days Matt agonizes over whether to confront his wife about her impending infidelity and attempts to navigate the maze of automated answering options to beg his mortgage holder for an extension Finally believing himself out of sensible options he decides that the only way to make enough money to solve his problems is to leverage his new pot smoking buds to help him make a massive marijuana purchase which he ll then sell to middle aged folk like himself who are nostalgic for happier timesThis is the first of many terrible decisions that speeds Matt s demise You know how when you spend way than you wanted to on say a suit and so then it s not hard to convince yourself that hey since I m already way over budget what s another 100 So you pick up the silk tie too On a much grander scale this is exactly what Matt does bad decisions beget bad decisions each time eroding any notion of possible conseuences Still amazingly by the end of the novel you just feel terrible for him The best part of this book is the writing It sjustfantastic The NY Times once called Walter a ridiculously talented writer and frankly there s no better way to put it than that Like Beat the Reaper this was an under the radar hit in 2009 and landed on many Best Of 2009 lists including Time s which is very very well deserved Do yourself a favor read this If you re interested here is my favorite passage from the book The setup Matt has gone to the home improvement store where his wife s Facebook flirt works to do some anonymous reconnaissance He s pretending to be building a tree fort for his two sons He stops in the aisle of how to books and clicks his tongue as he runs his hand across the spines of books that show how to do simple electrical work and how to repair and carburetor and how to fix a clogged sink and how to build a porch and how to stain your fence and finally how to build a tree fort This long bookshelf seems taken directly from my insecurities an entire library of things I cannot do In the next aisle of this hell library would be books about how to manage your billions and what to do with your foot long penis


About the Author: Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of five novels and one nonfiction book His work has been translated into than 20 languages and his essays short fiction criticism and journalism have been widely published in Details Playboy Newsweek The Washington Post the Los Angeles Times The Boston Globe among many othersWalter also writes screenplays and was the co author of Christopher Darden’s 1996 b



10 thoughts on “The Financial Lives of the Poets

  1. says:

    I recall standing in Seattle's ueen Anne Bookstore on a rainy late autumn afternoon in 2009 reading the jacket of this book and ultimately passing I wasn't familiar with Jess Walter although this book seemed to be making uite the splash I was however all too familiar with the effects of the global recession and I just wasn't ready t

  2. says:

    Warning The first part of this review consists of my idle musings on a topic that occurred to me while reading this book If you don’t give a damn about that and just want to get on with the review skip downEver notice how it seems like the same idea start showing up in a variety of tv shows films or books at roughly the same time I’m not talking about the straight up rip offs that appear when something l

  3. says:

    With all of those Breaking BadWeeds comparisons in Kemper’s most excellent review I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasm “Here they are again—the bent boys baked and buzzed boys wasted red eyed dry mouth high boys coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are twitchy hands wadding bills they spill on the counter so pleased and so proud as if

  4. says:

    I just fell in love with Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins and I was really happy to see that he's been able to do his magic with this bo

  5. says:

    Yeahhhh not a fan I dunno it's decently written and decently paced and decently plotted but it's kind of too much of those things a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong but deflated pretty fastIt's abou

  6. says:

    This is going to take some linguistic acrobatics I'm going to spend the next 500 or so words trying to convince you that a story about bad choices despair near financial ruin and a failing marriage is one of the funniest most charming and downright best books you'll read in a long long time Jess Walter's The Financial Lives of the Poets is fantastic — an authentic and timely story featuring cameos from the mortgage crisis the s

  7. says:

    Richard Russo one of my favorite writers was asked a while back to name some recent books he’d enjoyed He rattled off a few titles then ended his list with “anything by Jess Walter” I can see why Walter is

  8. says:

    If I were a publisher I’d fight to publish Jess Walter He writes funny literary commercial novels with mass appeal and I’m happy to be part of his adoring public The Financial Lives of Poets is my fourth Walter book and my favorite so far Unemployed business journalist and American Dream addict Matt Prior’s downward spiral

  9. says:

    A former financial journalist decides to branch out into a new innovative field financial news presented in poetic form Unfortunately poetfoliocom doesn't take off and leaves him with a mountain of debt Couple that with his wife's eBay addiction his weeks of unemployment and the financial crash of 2008 and he so

  10. says:

    Jess Walter has in short shrift become my single favorite contemporary author I was first introduced to his work through his contribution to the series of short stories in the Warmer cli fi collection where he was absolutely brilliant This innovative novel has only solidified my fan statusThe Financial Lives of the Poets o

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