*Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals*

That is the new and forthcoming graphic novel by Dan Ariely, illustrated by Matt R. Trower.

I am never quite sure how to evaluate graphic novels with non-fiction content, but the creators of this one do indeed deliver what you might be expecting from it.  You can pre-order here.


'I am never quite sure how to evaluate graphic novels with non-fiction content'

Well, stopping the use of the word novel would be a start, as novels are always works of fiction.

Ever been to a bookstore with paper books? There's a "graphic novel" section. Graphic novels are comic books with much lower publishing frequency, sometimes just one book.

It can be said that it's just a marketing gimmick. The term makes no sense if you assess it in the context of the meaning given to a word 50 years ago. However, words don't have an intrinsic and immutable meaning. Sometimes people agrees to give them a new meaning. It's not the end of the world, it's just life, so short life, embrace it =)

'Ever been to a bookstore with paper books?'

Actually, my focus is on a library with paper books. And there is a clear distinction between the novels and non-fiction.

Yes, the Dewey Decimal system is a weird beast, so you are right, there is a section of graphic work - most would say comic books - that is included in what is considered to be the part of the non-fiction section. However, the Dewey Decimal System is not that strange of a beast - one assumes that 'Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals' would not be placed in the comic book section, but in the appropriate non-fiction section.

'Sometimes people agrees to give them a new meaning.'

Tell that to the people running the Dewey Decimal System - they put (literary) novels into the 800 section, while this work seems suited (enough, considering it seems to be somehow related to behavioral economics according to the Amazon blurb) for something like the 300 section. Comics are in the 700 section, one should add.

Admittedly, libraries are not really concerned with marketing books, particularly those using the Dewey Decimal System.

I also realize that the Dewey Decimal System is another example of how America often does things its own way, admittedly. Including marketing things in such a way that graphic novel brings the sound of marketing success compared to using terms so mundane and accurate as illustrated non-fiction book.

Hawaii has interstate highways. Mexico is overseas.

Sometimes you don't bother to invent a new term just to placate the pedantic.

Since when is 'illustrated non-fiction book' a new term? Or category, for that matter.

And since when did novel become a term to describe non-fiction, for that matter? Sometimes, the people that insist words have meaning have a point.

Though you are welcome to ask a librarian where the non-fiction novels are found, especially since librarians tend to collect and enjoy sharing such amusing patron anecdotes.

Library? I find non-fiction books on Amazon. They're the ones with the colon in the title.

An "illustrated non-fiction book" sounds like a coffee table book. All those syllables ought to buy you a lot less ambiguity.

Oddly, coffee table books are not a particularly recognized category at a library.

Why do you keep bringing up the topic of libraries?

Dewey himself is in the process of being unpersonned, so any reference to his decimal system may trigger the sensitive.


Always nice to see a known troll at work, particularly as one reliable trait of a troll is absolutely not caring about what they are writing. As can be seen from this Sunday links comment - 'Known Fact
June 30, 2019 at 10:04 pm

There are too many awards anyway, and way too many "award-winning" whatevers walking around' https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2019/06/sunday-assorted-links-220.html#comments

Of course, it is also a known fact that trolls can be entertaining, and the only reason to be here is for entertainment.

Well, here is the very first line from my very first comment - 'Actually, my focus is on a library with paper books.'

Bookstores are organized in whatever fashion their owner wishes. American libraries, in contrast, actually do follow an established and formal classification system.

If a bookstore owner wishes to mix fiction and non-fiction books in alternating fashion on their shelves, that is their decision. If someone running a library were to attempt to do the same, they would be promptly replaced, before making the library unusable.

Bookstores are not the only place where one finds paper books.

Of course, you are welcome to dismiss librarians as being hopeless pendants.

The Venn diagram of 'librarians' and 'hopeless pedants' shows almost a total overlap.

A book for cucks. A book for me basically.

Does Tyler get a cut of books sold via this blog?

But is it self-recommending?

"the creators of this one do indeed deliver what you might be expecting from it."

Ouch. Straussian critiques always cut the deepest.

Yes, images are replacing words, just as film replaced the novel. And videos are replacing textbooks. Should we care? Propaganda works best in images, because images deceive. Give Cowen credit: whatever one may think of Strauss, Cowen forces his readers to read critically.

"Propaganda works best in images, because images deceive."

You're optimistic. :) In my cynical world I always thought that pretty much any media can be turned into effective propaganda.

Wasn't Dan Ariely part of the "give a student a dime and discover True Realities of Economics" school?

You know, where they gave freshmen in economics courses an imaginary dime, then attempted to determine the underlying principles of human economic behavior from how the unexperienced student spent very very very unlarge amount of unreal unowned and unearned money?

I think so. I'm thinking "novel" might be appropriate.

No. They did do experiments with coffee cups though, and they did illustrate some irrational behavior. Essentially identical students valued cups they owned higher than cups they might buy. In a traditional world of utility economics that's not supposed to happen.

I mean, who even needs another coffee cup. It's negative utility, another cup to get dusty, but here people are demanding money for them, offering to pay less for them .. madness.

College students don't know anything so they don't know what's rational.

"the creators of this one do indeed deliver what you might be expecting from it."

A mixture a banality and bull-this, then?

I believe there are many who feel the same satisfaction as I read this article! I hope you will continue to have such articles to share with everyone.


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