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The Peter Mountford Interview at The Millions

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Too often, when the media or the literati writes about economy, they simplify Marx or Adam Smith, and weigh their arguments with heavy political bias. There’s no doubt both capitalism and socialism have salient points and flaws, and questions of wealth and its distribution relate directly to the happines of the society and individual. Peter Mountford, a local Seattle writer, has written a novel that explores these topics. We discuss at The Millions.

“Herman Melville wrote, ‘To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many have tried it.’ The realm of great literature covers death, love, religion, war, sex, and politics, but rarely economics. There are novels that tackle money and greed, but usually not from an insider’s perspective. Peter Mountford hopes to change that with his debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2011). Mountford’s views are formed not by cursory glances at Paul Krugman and Noam Chomsky, but with acuity worthy of The Black Swan author Nassim Taleb. Mountford, whose father worked for the International Monetary Fund…”

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