How the economy killed the rom-com

The reasons for the current dearth of frothy, funny, sigh-inducing entertainment are what an economist might call over-determined.

By Ann Hornaday June 21, 2013

Abraham Lincoln and the costs of inequality

Americans believed we were better off if men like Lincoln -- men born to illiterate parents in log cabins -- had the ability to lead the nation. And we were right. But if class is less binding today than it was in Lincoln's time, circumstance is more binding than it was in even our parents' time.

By Ezra Klein November 26, 2012

‘The Queen of Versailles’: the best film on the Great Recession

“The Queen of Versailles” began as a documentary about a time-share billionaire, his ditzy wife, and their grotesque quest to build the largest house in the United States of America. It ended as perhaps the single best film on the Great Recession.

By Ezra Klein November 12, 2012