* “Why aren’t men responding to economic signals?” (Note: the content is not what you expect from the title.)
* “Most contemporary literary fiction is terrible.” I would ask: according to what standard, as measured by who? Remember too that the terrible literary fiction of the past has probably been forgotten.
* “A Childless Bystander’s Baffled Hymn;” sample: “Why all the choices — ‘What would you like to wear?’— and all the negotiating and the painstakingly calibrated diplomacy? They’re toddlers, not Pakistan.”
* Doing a PhD is often a waste of time, which is depressingly obvious to me.