If even after that hangover from the New Year's Eve party receded, you still find yourself not knowing what to do to spend the rest of the holidays, I'd like to offer you a small healthy dose of reading that will not ruin your joyful feeling.
From the last year's one of the biggest financial fiasco, a trilogy of AIG's (and American taxpayers') journey to hell (The Beautiful Machine, A Crack in The System, and Downgrades and Downfall), from The Washington Post.
It's a wonderful journalistic work (based on, I guess, mostly interviews and legal documents) that introduces you to the state of the art --well, before the crash obviously--, of some arcane financial securities, the rise of quants and risk modeling, and money - helluva lot of money.
It's also a great story line for a movie, I believe, in which I already imagine Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Michael Douglas to star. But I still can't figure out who should play Alan Greenspan.