I’ve been writing a series about the failings and transgressions of Wall Street investment banks built around a fictional character named Selig Cartwright. It is set in a fictional washroom of Goldman Sachs. The series has run on The Moderate Voice website, and been picked up by scores of other popular sites including ones linked to USA Today, The India Times, The Dallas News, et. al.
I’ve now selected the best of these published satires, added a number of unpublished gems, and packaged 24 of them into a new e-book now available on Amazon — The Chronicles of Selig Cartwright, Goldman Sachs Washroom Attendant: Volume I.
Why is this satire of Wall Street investment banks set in a washroom? The rich, it’s often said, are different than the rest of us. Not in all ways, however. As poet Robert Burns famously noted: “A man’s a man for all that.” And there are few places where the similarities are more apparent than a washroom.
This is thus a perfect setting in which the economic two-tiering of American society — Wall Street and Main Street — can readily be played out satirically. Where today’s growing economic inequality can be juxtaposed against traditional American notions of social equality in satirical ways.
Are the underlying issues being batted about here, amid the washbasins and toilet stalls, serious and even deeply troubling ones? Sure. But they won’t get resolved with yet another serious and troubling book. So let’s have some fun instead.
Drop your bowl brush, Selig. You’re on! In an e-book now available on Amazon for $2.99: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008A6Q3E8