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.
- 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.