Michael Lewis on a love story that all hap­pened in the mind

it’s not the most ob­vi­ous movie, but is go­ing to re­quire some­one who’s got a pas­sion for it and the tal­ent to pull it off,” says the New Or­leans­born au­thor and fi­nan­cial jour­nal­ist. Lewis, who’s mar­ried to fine art pho­tog­ra­pher Tabitha Soren, with whom h

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What makes the story so com­pelling is that the men were com­plete op­po­sites.

“Danny was al­ways sure he was wrong. Amos was al­ways sure he was right. Danny didn’t go to par­ties. Amos was the life and soul of the party. Danny was mas­sively un­tidy. Amos was pedan­ti­cally neat.

“They were in­ves­ti­gat­ing hu­man fal­li­bil­ity, largely by in­ves­ti­gat­ing Danny’s fal­li­bil­ity and the mis­takes he made and no­ticed him­self mak­ing. He was gen­er­ally neu­rotic and de­fen­sive about the mis­takes he made. Amos gave him a safe space to in­ves­ti­gate them.”

Through­out their col­lab­o­ra­tion, dur­ing their wak­ing hours they could usu­ally be found to­gether.

“The work was an ex­cuse to spend time to­gether. It was odd for in­tel­lec­tual life to gen­er­ate this sort of pas­sion.”

Their close asex­ual re­la­tion­ship af­fected their fam­i­lies. Lewis said. Kah­ne­man mar­ried and had a son and daugh­ter, but seemed to live for his work and wasn’t a very happy per­son. He later left his wife to marry psy­chol­o­gist Anne Treis­man

“Danny’s first mar­riage un­rav­elled and his sec­ond mar­riage al­most un­rav­elled. Amos made it clear that Danny was the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship in his life. It’s odd that two men, who were such rag­ing het­ero­sex­u­als, were able to di­vide their minds and their love lives so ex­tremely.” ow­ever, af­ter 12 years, from 1969-1981, their part­ner­ship soured.

“When they moved to North Amer­ica, Amos be­came a global su­per­star and Danny was ne­glected. Amos re­ceived the MacArthur ‘ge­nius’ award alone for their joint work. The out­side world was hos­tile to the col­lab­o­ra­tion, as­sum­ing Amos did all the work.”

As Tver­sky em­braced the star­dom, Kah­ne­man re­sented not be­ing given equal credit. They lost touch for more than a decade – un­til, when Tver­sky dis­cov­ered he was dy­ing from can­cer, he called Kah­ne­man and told him he had six months to live. Tver­sky died in 1996, aged 59.

“They spent the last six months close. They didn’t work to­gether, but they talked ev­ery day,” said Lewis.

“Among the last things Amos said to Danny was, ‘I want you to know that out of all the peo­ple on the planet, you’re the one who has caused me the most pain’. Danny said that be­cause Amos was dy­ing, he bit his tongue and didn’t say it back.”

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