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Rafer Guzman’s “‘’The Wolf Of… ‘” High on Proof, Low on Punch

In response to Rafer Guzman’s 383‑word review of The Wolf of Wall Street on Newsday

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In “‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ review: Sex, drugs, money”, Rafer Guzman creates a piece that accomplishes its task but could use a little sprucing up.

The author definitely has a talent for critical analysis. Nothing is sacred here, not the subject’s dark premise, nor its corrupt protagonist, or even the subject creator’s controversial approach to it all. Everything is observed with great scrutiny and left to the reader to determine if it is represented appropriately. In doing so, Guzman creates a conversation piece that can be debated and re-examined many times over.  

But there is trouble in paradise. For one thing, brevity is rampant here. Not so much in the size of the piece, but in terms of the density of the content delivered within that space. The author has a knack for not beating around the bush in his assessment, which is a positive provided it is as entertaining as it is poignant. But here, the wit, humor and clever analogies are in short supply. The end result is still a very comprehensive and solid argument, but one that will likely bore the audience to tears.  

Moreover, it is also clear that the content presented, although adequate, could be expanded upon a bit more. To be fair, author does get his message across and supports it with solid evidence. But it could use a little more beefing up just to be sure.

Guzman would do well to put himself in the reader’s shoes before writing further. Maybe then, he would see and feel how devoid this piece is of joy. And without at least some intrigue to make the reader feel emotionally invested, they are as likely to be persuaded as a millionaire businessman offered a job flipping hamburgers.    

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