Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:
• Cass Sunstein on the economists George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller’s new book Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception, which argues that the free market and competition produce systemic harm? —Kate Schmidt
• About how ridiculous it is to think that putting guns into the hands of “good guys” will help defeat “bad guys”? (Statistically speaking, in the U.S. there are 34 murders, 78 suicides, and two accidental deaths for every justifiable homicide.) —Kate Schmidt
• About what they’re calling the “world’s first vertical forest,” having apparently forgotten about mountainsides? (It’s an interesting project, anyway, and a vindication of Paolo Soleri’s vision.) —Tony Adler
• About Striking and Picturesque Delineations of the Grand, Beautiful, Wonderful, and Interesting Scenery Around Loch-Earn, an 1815 guidebook by Angus M’Diarmid that may be the most delightfully incoherent travel guide ever written? —Aimee Levitt