1:58 May 2nd, 2012 | 219 notes
The Best of Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt - How to make it, why we steal it , how to bet with it, and how it motivates us. A selection of the best articles from NYT column that became an international sensation.
To Have is To Owe by David Graeber - A lot of people have little understanding of what money really is - if you want to find out, this classic article is the place to start.
Three great articles about the financial crisis by Michael Lewis - The world’s top financial reporter heads to Greece, Iceland and Ireland to find out how the credit crisis changed the world.
Jonathan Lebed’s Extracurricular Activities by Michael Lewis - Another classic Lewis piece about how a 15-year-old became the first ever minor to face prosecution for stock market fraud.
The Great American Bubble Machine by Matt Taibbi - “The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”
The $20 Theory of the Universe by Tom Chiarella - A beginner’s guide to bribery. Find out just how far greasing people’s palms with a $20 bill can get you.
Why the Poor Pay More by DeNeen L. Brown - “The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion, menace. A primer on the economics of poverty.”
Inconspicuous Consumption by Virgina Postrel - What do the things you spend your money on say about you?
Is Free the Future by Malcolm Gladwell - The author asks whether the internet will make paying money for stuff a thing of the past.
(Source: tetw, via bostonreview)
1:07 Feb 6th, 2012 | 3 notes
It seemed to him that in Annawadi, fortunes derived not just from what people did, or how well they did it, but from the accidents and catastrophes they avoided. A decent life was the train that hadn’t hit you, the slumlord you hadn’t offended, the malaria you hadn’t caught.
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers
(slate review here. moving to top of my to-read list.)
2:57 Nov 16th, 2011 | 73 notes
i understood community. going to the place and standing around. aiming for connection to bodies, language and the future. i could be an artist. i had the tools. it wasn’t politics. not that i knew. it was nothing. it was boredom, turned electric. music from cars. it was watching. watching the scene.
eileen myles - inferno (a poet’s novel)