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Omer Rosen
Omer Rosen, a former derivatives banker, is working on an
autobiographical novel about love, 9/11, and the financial collapse.
His first-person account of corruption in the world of derivatives,
Legerdemath, was recently published in the Boston Review.

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Entries by Omer Rosen

New App Kinder Set to Rock the Playground

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Tired of waiting for others to make your plans? Had enough of disappointing afternoons?

Now, there's another way. Now, you're in control. Now, there's Kinder.

At Kinder, we match based on three factors of compatibility: age, gender, and cooties.

The rest is up to you.

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What The Purge: Anarchy Should Have Been

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 7:33 PM

The makers of The Purge series had two chances to get it right. Over at Cannibal Milkshake, we've decided to help them out:

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Argument Over Middle East Politics Enters 8th Week

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:58 AM

The hostilities between Eric and Tom continued unabated into the early-morning hours yesterday, marking their longest email chain in years. Ever since the June kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, the two have been unable -- or unwilling -- to stop their vitriolic Israel-Gaza exchanges.

"Actually," claims Eric, "the argument began...

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No Body at the Wheel (Synthetic Poetry in Demotion)

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:14 AM


Click here for the previous part of this series and here for part one.

Drivers will only get more distracted by
electronics as time is replaced by
more time.

At some point...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 4-C: Um, Okay? (Patchwork Oscillation)

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 9:32 AM


Click here for the previous part of this series and here for part one.

As I saw it, there were four primary methods of communication current and necessary (apart from the grotesque: talking to...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 4-B: Um, Okay? (Psychosomatic Confusion)

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:46 PM


Click here for the previous part of this series and here for Part 1

It was clear I lived in a daze.

It should be clear to you that I blamed the device.

But it was...

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A So-Called Adjective

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:51 AM

I blame the fiscal cliff. And why not? It is the so-called El Niño of today, the easily scapegoated scourge of our time. Wait. Why did I just modify El Niño? Have I too adopted the so-called media's latest tic? Damn it again! Damn you fiscal cliff!

You see, at...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 4-A: Um, Okay?

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:00 PM


Click here for the previous part of this series and here for Part 1

So. I had decided to give up on cellphones. Okay. Right. exactly was I supposed to do...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 3-C: Maslow Into Madness (Unbound)

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 7:17 PM

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The below might not make any sense even if you have read Part 3-A and Part 3-B of this series--but it definitely won't make sense if you haven't.

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 3-B: Maslow Into Madness (Rabbit Holes)

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 2:00 PM


The below might make more sense if you first at least skim Part 3-A of this series


A crude and probably mistake-filled history of modern communication that nonetheless is good...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 3-A: Maslow Into Madness

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:46 AM


Click here for Part 1 of this series and here for Part 2

Warning Re Part 3 -- Sections A, B, C:

The following texts contain a lot of words. They may...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 2: Reintroduction

(4) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:23 PM


Click here for Part 1 of this series

In Part 1 of this series, I relayed and discussed the surprisingly angry reactions I encountered upon relinquishing my cellphone. Extreme examples were reached for,...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 1: Introduction

(8) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 1:00 PM


When I inform people that I have amputated that latest evolution in appendages -- i.e. that I do not lug around that which is commonly referred to as 'cellphone' or, in newspeak, 'smartphone,' and that by default my...

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The Healthiest Block in New York?

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:42 AM

"There'll never be a bar on this block," Jeremy Spector, the chef/owner of the Brindle Room, assured me shortly after I moved into my new apartment, "you can't legally open one too close to the churches and the block association would fight against it tooth and nail even if you...

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On Greg Smith, Goldman Sachs, and a Perp Walk Down Memory Lane

(6) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 11:23 AM

A year ago I wrote about my shady derivatives dealings during my time at Citigroup -- first in "Legerdemath," for the Boston Review, and then in "How to Deceive a Client Without Really Trying," for The Huffington Post. The corporate-derivatives team I described working in dealt...

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Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 10:53 AM

Co-written with Casey Michael Henry

There are recognizable rituals to the post-burial coalescence of an author's legacy: the heartfelt memorial, the vaguely similar-to-visage-seeming New Yorker cartoon, the earnest and inspiring discussions of author and work by those who knew him well (and those who didn't), his familiar words...

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From Point A To Point A By Way Of Point A

(11) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 1:49 AM

A pretentious open letter, full of generalizations and exaggerations, to current and recent high school and college students:

The following is not a lecture, though it might seem to be. Nor is it an attempt to push my views of the world, though the medium sends that message. Nor is...

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X-Men: First Class: Reviewing Magneto and the Super Jews

(45) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Ever since I converted to atheism, I have wondered what it means to be a Jew. Was I even Jewish anymore -- the 'ish' appending my classification suddenly appearing more appropriate? Such were my musings at thirteen, the only immediate change in my life a cessation of special prayers before...

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Battle of the Budget Bulge: Living Within Our Means?

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 2:08 PM

Over the past few weeks I have followed, with something oscillating between frustrated interest and frustrated apathy, what now passes for political theater. Or, I should say, budget-minded theater, for never has a topic of debate so fitted its mode.

What bothers me most is not that the show contains...

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How to Deceive a Client Without Really Trying

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 5:08 PM

In my first article, "Legerdemath: Tricks of the Banking Trade," I made brief mention of Treasury-rate locks:

"Most brazenly, we taught clients phony math that involved settling Treasury-rate locks by referencing Treasury yields rather than prices."

A number of readers expressed doubt that using a settlement method based...

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