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Book Report: Everything is Bullshit

The Priceonomics blog wrote a book with a rude name. It's pretty interesting; a lot of it was stuff that I'd already read. (I wasn't subscribed to the blog, but other folks kept forwarding links…) From the "Price" in the blog title and the rude word, you might think this is another book pointing out that prices mean only what we want them to mean. There's plenty of that. But there are other things, too. You might remember some months back a blog post getting forwarded around, a post about a recently evicted San Francisco lady living in her car getting ice from hotels for her insulin. That was a Priceonomics post; that post made it into the book. (The blog wrote up Terrence Faulkner, the guy who writes looney-tunes rebuttals in San Francisco voter guides; he's real. That article didn't make it into the book, though.)

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Book Report: Priceless Yesterday, I dodged Black Friday, but didn't quite make it through Buy Nothing Day. I bought a streetcar ride and then a train ride down the peninsula. How much were those worth? I don't know. I k...

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Book Report: Making Globalization Work This book is worth reading. That's unfortunate; it has about 30 pages of interesting material scattered amongst 300 pages of verbiage. It's a book about Globalization--mostly about opening up marke...

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Book Report: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics Today, I'm playtesting the Hogwarts Game. This game is going to be kind of unusual in that Game Control is providing transportation. They warned us not to pack our stepladders, copy machines, cooler...

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Book Report: The Great Wave (Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History) Sometimes prices go up. This has happened before and will happen again. This hurts poor people more than it hurts the rich: poor people already spend most of their money. When prices go up, they can...

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Book Report: Hidden Order It's a economics book aimed at non-economists. It introduces terms and sets up some interesting thought experiments. E.g., what is a good way to divvy up chores between roommates if those roommates...

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Book Report: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre I was just expecting a pulpy Western. And this book is a pulpy Western. But it's written well, and also has some interesting musings upon the topic of greed. That quote which is famous for not bei...

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Book Report: Naked Economics Many people recommended Naked Economics, but I should have paid attention to the details of their recommendation. This book is an introduction to economics. If you took "Economics 101" back in colle...

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Book Report: Fortune's Formula William Poundstone wrote Prisoner's Dilemma, one of my favorite books ever. That book convinced me to look more closely at the prisoner's dilemma, and that in turn changed the way that I think about...

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