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Here's the first parody Twitter feed turned into a book: @GSElevator, quips presumably heard on an elevator at Goldman Sachs.


Under the title "Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking," the anonymous author, according to the publisher, "will offer stories from his career in banking that capture the true character and nature of Wall Street culture today—a world far more abhorrent and way more entertaining than people can imagine."

In emails to the New York Times, the author ("Mr. Stone") described his interest in writing a book:

"These are stories that I have been collecting over the course of my experiences in banking—events that have been so outrageous and funny, that I thought that one day they might be worth sharing.

"Unlike other books that may be viewed similarly, this is not a whistle-blower scenario or an indictment or assault on a specific firm.

"My aim is to showcase and illuminate the true culture of Wall Street as I have experienced it, and write a book that is not only very funny and entertaining, but also, insightful and substantive."

Although the author has revealed his identify to his publisher, he has not identified himself publicly. People wonder whether he currently works at Goldman.

UPDATE: The author has been discovered. He's a bond trader in Texas who had a job offer from Goldman at some point but never worked for the company.

Discussion Starters:

  • If the author does work at Goldman and this became known, how do you think his employer would react? Read more of his tweets to get a better idea of what he's writing. Should he be fired?
  • Read about Greg Smith, who wrote an op-ed about his experience at Goldman. How are these situations similar—and different?