Jason Zweig on Writing, Risk, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter
This is the fourth episode of The Knowledge Project, my podcast aimed at acquiring wisdom through interviews with key luminaries from across the globe to gain insights into how they think, live, and connect ideas.
On this episode I have Jason Zweig.
Jason writes The Intelligent Investor column for the Wall Street Journal. He has also written books like Your Money and Your Brain, The Little Book of Safe Money, and taken part in revised editions of the cult classic The Intelligent Investor.
He’s got a new book coming out called The Devil’s Financial Dictionary, which we’ll talk about. Jason is an extraordinary person who offers historical perspectives on today’s seemingly important financial news.
In this episode we talk about a host of things, including what his day looks like; why he adds a philosophical and historical view to his columns; the relentless flow of news; his new book The Devil’s Financial Dictionary; and what the average investor should do.
If you enjoy the conversation, please let me know your feedback: I’m @farnamstreet on Twitter.
A complete transcript is available for members.
As you can tell Jason is a prolific reader. These books were mentioned in the interview.
- Ambrose Bierce, Civil War Stories
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
- Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor
- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
- H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy
- Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
- Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays
- Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life
- Fred Schwed, Where Are The Customers’ Yachts?
- Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel
- Jason Zweig, The Devil’s Financial Dictionary
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