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Warren Buffett Will Not Eat Raw Fish (Of Any Variety)

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Michael Lewis has a billion word review of out (actual count: around 4,700) on Alice Schroeder's Warren Buffett biography, Snowball. As is our wont, we've taken the liberty of excerpting the most juvenile parts, which we think dovetail together nicely, and give larger meaning to the whole.

He confines himself to the diet of an eight-year-old, refusing to eat anything much beyond spaghetti, hamburgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Schroeder describes a bizarre scene in which Katherine Graham escorted Buffett to dinner at the Manhattan apartment of Sony Chairman Akio Morita. Japanese chefs served plate after plate that Buffett left completely untouched. "By the end of fifteen courses, he still had not eaten a bite," writes Schroeder. "The Moritas could not have been more polite, which added to his humiliation. He was desperate to escape back to Kay's apartment, where popcorn and peanuts and strawberry ice cream awaited him. 'It was the worst,' he says about the meal he did not eat. 'I've had others like it but it was by far the worst. I will never eat Japanese food again.'"

Through it all, Buffett maintained his desire to present to the outside world a life simple and ordinary. He only ever made one public statement on his polygamous family arrangements ("[I]f you knew the people involved, you'd see that it suited all of us quite well"), though he added to Schroeder that "they both need to give, and I'm a great receiver, so it works for them."

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Don't Let Opportunity To Simulate Eating Dinner With Warren Buffett Pass You By

Adding yet another level to Buffett-mania, dinner at his childhood home will be auctioned off for charity starting at $6,000. The catch: Warren Buffett won’t actually be there. But he’ll tape a personal video for the dinner party, assuredly complete with plenty of Aw-Shucks memories of growing up in the very home! The guests will also get a personally autographed photo of Buffett in front of the home...As is customary for the hometown loving Buffett, the dinner, for up to 10 guests, will feature Nebraska pride, including Omaha Steaks filet mignons and wine from Spirit World...The bidding for the dinner-sans-Buffett will begin at 7 p.m. ET today. It will remain open until April 20. [WSJ]