Michael Lewis Discusses Writing, Grief, and His Upcoming Book on Sam Bankman-Fried in BBC News Interview

Renowned author Michael Lewis discussed his writing process, the role of character-driven narratives, and his personal experiences with grief and Sam Bankman-Fried in a recent interview with BBC News. Lewis, known for his ability to transform complex and seemingly dull topics into compelling stories, shared insights on his work, including his new book focused on Sam Bankman-Fried and the crypto exchange FTX. He also reflected on his relationship with his late daughter, Dixie, emphasizing gratitude and the pure grief of losing a loved one.

  • Michael Lewis shared his method of finding characters with compelling stories in otherwise dense, technical subjects.
  • He mentioned the character-driven approach is a key element in his writing, helping readers engage with complex topics like high-frequency trading or the mortgage bond market.
  • Lewis highlighted his upcoming book about Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the FTX crypto exchange, which took an unexpected turn after FTX’s collapse.
  • The author expressed his personal approach to grief after the loss of his daughter, Dixie, focusing on the gratitude for the love they shared rather than feelings of guilt or anger.
  • Lewis also discussed his varied career path, from art history to cabinet making, leading to his eventual success as an author.
  • He offered insights into his interviewing techniques, such as engaging in activities with subjects to learn more about their personalities.
  • Lewis spoke about the importance of the narrative people create about their own lives and how it reflects their psychology and attitudes.

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