From the RSS Feed
- “Are Immigrants Taking Your Job? A Primer,” by Catherine Rampell, New York Times/Economix, February 5, 2013 – Your being here as an immigrant raises the wages of native-born workers, albeit only very slightly… & “No, More Immigration Won’t Make You Poorer (Unless You’re an Immigrant),” by Jordan Weissman, The Atlantic, January 30, 2013 – …but it lowers the wages of your fellow immigrants who preceded you. & “The Easy Problem,” by David Brooks New York Times, January 31, 2013 – And other benefits.
- “For Amusement Only: The life and death of the American arcade,” by Laura June, The Verge, January 16, 2013 – A brief history of an American invention and cultural phenomenon.
- “How America Drinks: Water and Wine Surge, Cheap Beer and Soda Crash,” by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, January 15, 2013 – More spirits, wine, and bottled water, less beer and soda (pop). & “Graph: How Coffee Drank Soda’s Milkshake,” by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, January 15, 2013 – More coffee, too.
The Book Stack
- Ivan Klíma, The Spirit of Prague and Other Essays, London: Granta Books, 1995 – My first look at the author’s writing. An unbalanced but revealing collection.
- Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) New York: Putnam, 2012 – Shit went down in Texas, the Bloggess reports.
- Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road, New York: Mariner Books, 2012 – Aren’t immigrants just a special sort of travelers?
- Deb Olin Unferth, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, New York: Henry Holt, 2011 – A North American woman’s memoir about trying to fight Central American revolutions (and herself).
Do you have any recommendations for readings about America, immigration, or Central/Eastern Europe? Please share in Comments.