Wednesday, February 08, 2006

FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING

“Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America.... Prepare to be dazzled.”
-Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink

I don’t regret reading it, but I wasn’t dazzled. If Steven Levitt does indeed have the most interesting mind in America, I may have severely underestimated myself. For me, the “hidden side to everything” as outlined in this book is as clear as day (and has been for years before this book was published). This can be indicative of any (but more likely, all) of the following:

1. The Miseducation of America. No explanations needed there.

2. The Dislocation of Moi. Maybe I would be touted as the nation's most brilliant mind if I were only on a different continent. I'm pretty sure I won't be winning the Green Card Lottery this year either. Canada is looking increasingly attractive. I just read in the paper that they discovered a new oil pipeline there. Which is good for their economy, except in the event of an American invasion.

3. My Outsider Status. I. Will. Never. Fit. In. I will always think a bit differently than everyone around me. I do not harbor any delusions of superiority in this regard. I'm totally unhappy about this. It's inconvenient, uncomfortable, and not lucrative in the least. I can't even find a favourite lipstick without having it discontinued.

Next on the reading list: The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron.

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