I can't keep up with all the tabs I need to clear.
1. Tim Harford on tax: The tax system should be ... a system, with interlocking parts
working together to achieve an overall goal. Instead the tax system is a
labyrinth for ordinary users, a money factory for the tax advice
industry and a stocking full of miscellaneous goodies for successive
chancellors of the exchequer
2. The Sweet Valley High industry is really interesting. I loved this interview with Francine Pascal when I heard it on This American Life, and I loved Amy Boesky's piece on ghosting for the series when I read it this week: It seems to me now that part of the compelling power of Sweet Valley
High’s vision of identical twins lay not in the obvious assignation
between our split selves (id and ego), but instead, in the ways in which
writing itself—real writing, difficult, strenuous, hard-won, “under
your own name” writing—always stands in an uneasy relationship to its
enchanting, seductive, rule-bending twin.
3. Nick Harkaway on conservatism and anti-technologism in mainstream literary fiction ('any fiction which can reasonably expect in the present climate to be discussed extensively on Radio 4'). Especially in light of previous post / comments. Why is Neal Stephenson not taken more seriously?
4. Horrid story about UN causing cholera epidemic and rejecting responsibility.
5. Victor Hugo's paintings are interesting. (Via Isak to the right.)