1. Prices, Poverty, and Inequality: Why Americans are Better Off Than You Think, by Christian Broda and David E. Weinstein. The full text is free on-line at the link.
2. The economics of Scientology.
3. 5, 322, and $4250 are the relevant numbers in this story of a journal run amok. Shocking (or is it?).
4. NYT 100 Notable Books. It’s an OK enough list and you can think of these as the mainstream picks.