I got an email from Steve Landsburg with the subject line "krugman, me and you." I can't decide whether that counts as the sort of threesome I've always dreamt about...
I get daily emails from The Chronicle of Higher Education newsletter. Today's headline: "Academe Today: Professor Says His University Cares Little About Teaching." I had to stop for a second and confirm that I wasn't in fact reading The Onion.
So this is the film project that I was consulting on over the summer- basically Paul Allen gave a bunch of hotshot directors money to make a bunch of short films about relevant economic questions. Some of the questions are pretty straightforward- Where do your tax dollars go? How does fractional reserve banking work? And some are more hazy- What’s the deal with recessions? (That one, in case you’re curious, is explained through interpretive dance. And it’s pretty great.) Oh, and I’m in it a bit, alongside the dude from Entourage. (Don’t get me started on the fact that he is prettier than I am.)
Anyway, the series will be released on various streaming services and such soon, but it’s also showing on the big screen at all Landmark theaters on Oct. 20. You should go. Also, start planning your drinking games.
You might not have known it, but all those episodes of ‘‘The Simpsons’’ were just secret economics lessons. Turns out the yellowish, four-fingered cartoon characters have a lot of insight to offer on basic economic theory.