More interesting and/or useful links about the current financial unpleasantness
The late David Foster Wallace's lit crit syllabus

Hanging a "for sale" sign on the firm's reputation

More on the cause of the financial mess: Bloomberg recounts the failure of the ratings agencies.

Joseph Stiglitz is quoted:

"I view the ratings agencies as one of the key culprits,'' says Joseph Stiglitz, 65, the Nobel laureate economist at Columbia University in New York. ``They were the party that performed that alchemy that converted the securities from F- rated to A-rated. The banks could not have done what they did without the complicity of the ratings agencies