Assorted links

1. Read a book you'll hate.

2. New story on high-frequency trading.

3. 2010 book preview; oddly not one of them excites me except maybe the Per Petterson.

4. The music industry of the future?

5. "Superstar teachers had four other tendencies in common: they avidly recruited students and their families into the process; they maintained focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning; they planned exhaustively and purposefully–for the next day or the year ahead–by working backward from the desired outcome; and they worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls." More here.

6. Why the Eurozone has a tough decade to come.

7. Ezra Klein is on Colbert tonight, early part of the show.  Today his WP blog is broken so he can't announce it.

8. What not to say when buying a car.


To me, the more interesting question is how long will either the U.S. or Eurozone be able to put off dealing with their financial problems.

In the U.S., over the last 18 months, the public debt rose around $2.5 trillion, basically financed by the Federal Reserve plus some foreign purchases.

The Fed is supposedly going to stop buying Treasuries and mortgage backed securities. So how will the $2 trillion that the Democrats project needing (raise in the debt limit) going to be financed?

My guess is that we don’t need to be worrying about our grandchildren, children, or even 2019. Problems could `happen tomorrow.`

The "read a book you hate" link is a disappointment. Her pet peeves include only absurdly finicky and superficial things like books "set on a ranch" or "novels about stage magicians or rabbis in Prague".

I would have thought the point was to read, I don't know, Rush Limbaugh's autobiography, or Ayn Rand.

The comments in the last link are very entertaining.

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