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You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

I was traveling to Washington, DC this evening and a colleague of mine,Diana Mead (who we now refer to as “Mrs. President,” since her promotion last week to that position at Allonhill), snapped the photo that appears below.  It’s of my suitcase, with Mortgage Banking Magazinepeeking out of the pocket.  What she found amusing was the picture of a model’s upside down legs on the magazine that shared the pocket—an ad for shampoo, which hardly explains why it would be of someone’s legs, but figuring that out is well beyond my area of expertise.  Toting around a copy of Mortgage Banking and a periodical with sex appeal does seem ironic, but—hold on Mrs.  President!—sometimes there’s more to it than meets the eye.

The magazine with the racy legs is the October issue of Vanity Fair, and on the cover, along with Jackie-O, are two big stories that would pull in any passionate student of the mortgage crisis: “The Bailout, One Year Later: How Your Money Got Wasted On Golf Junkets And Worse,” by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, and “The Confessions of Henry Paulson,” by Todd. S. Purdum.  

I rest my case.  The sexy topic of the bailout can be found in both industry-specific journals and popular, fashionable magazines.  As you may suspect, this is thrilling to me.  I may even consider submitting my next article to Vanity Fair. After all, it is a fashionable topic.

I hope you’ll read my article summarizing the mortgage crisis and how it has played out over the last year, which appears in this month’s Mortgage Banking Magazine.  And I hope that those of you who are passionate about this industry, as I am, will find it absolutely riveting.