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February 16, 2015

Really into writing right now but I’d still like to share my reading list with y’all.

  1. The review of 50 Shades I wish I’d written (hat tip Chris Wiggins). I still can’t decide whether the net effect of the film is bad, because the characters are so terribly stereotypical and stalkerish, or good, because it at least forces people to ask the question, what do I desire and how is that different from other people’s desires.
  2. Alexis Goldstein’s newest piece in Medium.com about the newest pawn in the financial lobbyist’s chess set, community banks.
  3. Remember SketchFactor? Well now there’s PlaceToLive (hat tip Jordan Ellenberg).
  4. I’m researching the toxic industry that is for-profit colleges. On the other hand, the Washington Post seems to be shilling for that same industry: here, here, and here (hat tip Auros Harman).
  5. If you’re a listener, try this interview with Edward Baptist, author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American CapitalismI’ve heard great things about this interview and its explanation of the earlier versions of “financial innovations” that directly involved slaves. This piece and many many more can be found on the Alt Banking website.
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  1. February 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Back to the boring, stodgy world of finance: I just read a piece today about the possibility of NEGATIVE interest rates coming to the U.S. (instead of receiving interest on your accounts, you would pay the bank for the privilege of holding onto your money… I can only imagine a mini-run on banks as people decide their money is safer under the mattress than at the bank!) — admittedly a small possibility here, but apparently greater in Europe. Maybe it’s something you could write about at some point, or if ‘negative interest rates’ are too unlikely to even discuss, perhaps something broader about the potential ills of deflation, especially Europe vs. U.S. (or if you can recommend a good, realistic Web-available article, I’d be interested).


    • February 17, 2015 at 4:20 am

      Sorry, but you are forgetting the subtlety and marketing genius that is retail banking: with fees and charges against very low interest rates, many accounts probably already end up paying net for their bank accounts.


  2. MikeM
    February 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Kathy, Kaplan University is owned by Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company). Who’d-a thunk that the Post would promote its subsidiary?


  3. Abby
    February 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

    This sounds a little like Place to Live niche.com


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