* Why men don’t listen. Except they do, as this post into the pseudo science of gender brain differences shows.
* “Generation Scold: Why millennials are so judgmental about promiscuity.” Of course, what people say and what they do are still separate, as we know from descriptions of the Puritan practice called “bundling.”
* Why are novels the length they are? And, implicitly, how will technology change that length over time?
* Where professors get their politics.
* Why humanity loves and needs cities.
* A Defense of Abortion is a fascinating thought experiment in moral philosophy.
* On healthcare nationally and in Massachusetts:
When Massachusetts rolled out its coverage program in 2007, many more people signed up for the new heavily subsidized insurance than was originally predicted by budget officials. Almost immediately, costs far exceeded what had been budgeted, forcing state officials to scramble to find cuts elsewhere in government and other sources of revenue.
After three years, no real progress has been made on rising costs. The program remains well over budget, with no end in sight. Further, state residents who now must buy state-sanctioned coverage are bristling at their rising premiums and the inability to find coverage which covers less and thus costs less.
* Along the same lines as above: For every doctor, there are five people performing health care administrative support. This may be part of our national problem, like the growth of administrators relative to professors in academia. (Hat tip Tyler Cowen.)
* Universities set their prices based on what people will pay. Consequently, they raise their sticker price and then offer discounts to woo top students.
* D.G. Myers’ suggestions for the Library of America, (apropos of the kerfuffle discussed here):
Novelists with large untapped bodies of work, and who are likely candidates, are fewer and farther between, although I would make a case for Stanley Elkin and (less passionately) for Wright Morris. But a two-volume set of New York Jewish novels, including The Rise of David Levinsky (1917), Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers (1925), Call It Sleep, and Daniel Fuchs’s Summer in Williamsburg (1934), would be a terrific addition.