When we think about presenting ourselves in writing, for example through admissions essays, or in person, through interviews, or even in mixed media, we can all learn from Michael Lewis. The inspiration for this hands-down (or thumbs up?) vote of support comes from a comment I read today in a New York Times Dealbook column, “Essential Wall Street Summer Book List.” The author of the column, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and the many commenters lauded Michael Lewis’s prose and storytelling ability. I actually decided to write this blog post simply because of the following comment:
“As is typical of Lewis and what he would write later, he was a genius at seeing how small anecdotes revealed larger truths.”
Wow. I’ve tried to write say the same in my blogging about essays. and storytelling, but the above statement hits the nail on the head. So read Michael Lewis, and see if you too can learn to tell the truth about yourself through small anecdotes.
That’s all I am going to say.