Given the chance to be a fly on the wall at any institution, few would choose the International Monetary Fund.
As part of a series from the Writers in Residence nonprofit organization, novelist Geoff Dyer spent a fortnight on a U.S. aircraft carrier, the George HW Bush. Douglas Coupland, a Canadian writer, chose Alcatel-Lucent, the French telecom company.
With the IMF as his subject, author Liaquat Ahamed seems to have opted for a palette of grays — although that is not how he sees it.
For Ahamed, best known for "Lords of Finance," his 2010 Pulitzer-winning book about the 1930s financial crisis, the IMF conjures romantic memories.
It was there...