4 études

I. Oil is lighter than water.  I saw, on my TV set, the rescue ships treading the rich black surface, laying lassos of buoys to contain the contagion.  I saw them light fires and let the familiar stench of burnt oil rise up: the scent that made the twentieth century famous.  I saw the aerial … Continue reading

Taking Sides on Pakistan

Your daily dose of over-the-top sarcasm — At the outset let me [clarify] that this is not [a] piece in defence of the President nor a piece attacking those amongst us who constitute the intellectual cream of the nation and are now residing in greener pastures abroad; sipping their Starbucks, flaunting their Gucci’s and uploading … Continue reading

Mitt Romney: No Apology

Why do politicians always make the bestsellers list? Mitt Romney edition. Mitt Romney boosted sales of his book this spring by asking institutions to buy thousands of copies in exchange for his speeches, according to a document obtained by POLITICO … Their giant purchases helped his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, debut on top … Continue reading

Location, Location, Location

The large majority of publications in economics journals consists of single-country studies.  Using data from the top five general-interest economics journals from 2000-2006, Stefan Dercon finds that 63% of articles were written about the US, 12% about the UK, less than 2% each about China and India, and 1.8% for all of sub-Saharan Africa. Tyler … Continue reading

Every Fiber

Where we first went wrong was the scenery.   No one ever wrote a masterpiece in a room with bad vibrations, a space where you don’t feel cool and comfortable and connected to the wood you sit on, the plastic barrel and steel tip of the pen; where the air is stale.  And that was … Continue reading