About Me

Ithaca, New York
MWF, now officially 42, loves long walks on the beach and laughing with friends ... oh, wait. By day, I'm a mid-level university administrator reluctant to be more specific on a public forum. Nights and weekends, though, I'm a homebody with strong nerdist leanings. I'm never happier than when I'm chatting around the fire, playing board games, cooking up some pasta, and/or road-tripping with my family and friends. I studied psychology and then labor economics in school, and I work in higher education. From time to time I get smug, obsessive, or just plain boring about some combination of these topics, especially when inequality, parenting, or consumer culture are involved. You have been warned.

Monday, January 18, 2010


OK, folks, welcome to Book Blog Lite. I've gotten more than a little behind in this not-so-noble endeavor, returned several of these books to the library already, and am madly trying to wrap things up before (whoohooh!) I start a new job next week. Sooo, these will be quick.

I read Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays, by Joel Waldfogel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009) last week. Naturally, I love books like this that apply economic concepts to everyday, stuff-real-people-care-about behavior. Do I buy every last bit of Waldfogel's thesis? No. Do I think he's really a grinch who, given half the chance, would steal Christmas? Not really. Still an entertaining read, though, and a quick one to boot. Check Amazon or this review for more details, but I liked it.

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