The Best of Freakonomics →
tetw: by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt Before Freakonomics was an international marketing juggernaut it was a book, and before it was a book it was a column in the New York Times - and the best of those columns are here: Why Vote? - A Swiss Turnout-Boosting Experiment A Star Is Made - The Birth-Month Soccer Anomaly Not-So-Free Ride - The Trouble With Negative Externalities Disceting...
ShortFormBlog: How much did people spend over... →
shortformblog: $52.4 billion spent on Black Friday weekend (whoa) $45B the amount spent during Black Friday weekend last year; that’s a 16 percent jump, for those playing at home 226M number of shoppers over Black Friday weekend; that’s also a huge leap from 2010, and a record number $398 the amount spent per customer on Black Friday weekend — a jump of more than $40 from 2010 source
Nickel and Dimed →
Read the book - it’s great! tetw: by Barbara Ehrenreich In June 1998 I left behind everything that usually soothes and sustains me - home, career, companion, reputation, ATM card - and become part of the low-wage workforce.
At Waffle House, a Side of Drama with Breakfast →
by Robbie Brown, New York Times In the Atlanta area alone, there are 230 locations, all offering heaping portions, strong coffee and jukeboxes that play songs about Waffle House. And federal emergency officials even use what they call the Waffle House Index to determine how severe natural disasters are in the South. If a local Waffle House is closed, along with a Home Depot or a Wal-Mart, it ...
I am going to the woods beside Lake Carnegie, leaving campus and crossing the bridge, to arrive at a towpath on the side of a busy road. Cars and trucks roar past, but over the noise I can just hear Canadian geese calling from the water. Their distant cries sound like schoolchildren on a playground. I come to the woods to clear my mind, open my eyes, engage my senses. As I walk the towpath, I try...
Rhodes Scholarship goes to 4 students →
My first Daily Princetonian piece!
Physician Revives a Dying Art: The Physical →
by Denise Grady, The New York Times Art and medicine may seem disparate worlds, but Dr. Verghese insists that for him they are one. Doctors and writers are both collectors of stories, and he says his two careers have the same joy and the same prerequisite: ‘infinite curiosity about other people.’ He cannot help secretly diagnosing ailments in strangers, or wondering about the lives...
Changing Times →
by Ken Auletta The New Yorker, October 24, 2011 Really great insider’s look at the politics that go on at The New York Times — and inside the head of its new executive editor, Jill Abramson (first woman in this role in the paper’s 160-year history!).