New York Magazine has an in-depth analysis of Bernard Madoff in this month’s cover story, “The Monster Mensch.” The article by Steve Fishman examines Madoff’s rise and recent fall, and analyzes his relationship with Ezra Merkin. It also addresses some of the quirks of Madoff’s personality, such as an obsessive dislike of curves:
If investors had known where to look, they might have spotted something alarming, Bernie’s weird side. Bernie—whose office is in the famously ovoid Lipstick Building—couldn’t bear curves. “He was paranoid about them,” says one employee. In one office, he drank out of square drinking glasses, stored his pencils in square holders, tossed his trash into square cans. He insisted that the blinds align with window frames—“We used a tape measure,” says the employee. He liked computer screens to stand straight up and down.