Speaking Fees of the Rich and Marginally Famous
June 14, 2013
In February, the Knight Foundation—a nonprofit devoted to the future of journalism—paid disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a conference, only months after he was nailed for plagiarism and fabricating quotes.
The Guilt Index: Tag Check
June 03, 2013
Just how guilty you should feel when your new shirt says “made in X.”
Frieze New York, a VIP Art Fair for Our Gilded Age
May 10, 2013
Against the godforsaken glamour of international art fairs.
A Brief History of 'Bags of Cash'
April 30, 2013
The CIA's Afghanistan bribes join a long and storied genre.
The New $100 Bill is Less Dignified than Monopoly Money
April 29, 2013
What would Ben Franklin–a printer by trade–make of the goofy-looking new bill that bears his image?
Washington Is Not the Wealthiest Area in America
March 08, 2013
The press would have you believe it is. But the statistics tell a different story.
The Trouble with Wall Street
February 04, 2013
Twenty five years ago I quit a job on Wall Street to write a book about Wall Street.
The Behavioral Economics of Christmas
December 07, 2012
Here's what happens when a prominent scholar examines the behavioral economics of Christmas.
Executive Decisions: How CEO Pay Spun Out of Control
February 08, 2012
In most high-paying jobs, people are basically paid according to performance. CEOs are a different story.
April 21, 2010
What, you ask, is going on? The honest answer is that no one in Britain really knows what is happening with our election.