Recommended reading

Here are some of the more interesting things I’ve read on the internets over the past couple of days:

Larry Mishel on the diverengence between pay and productivity, and the dramatic shift of income from labor to capital (Paul Krugman zeroes in on the astonishing data point that “incomes of typical workers would be 30 or 40 percent higher than they are if inequality hadn’t soared”);

In These Times’ Lena Chen on the link between the Great Recession and rising suicide rates (among other things, she reports on research suggesting that the economic downturn “has induced an unprecedented global decline in life satisfaction. In concrete terms this has translated into greater pessimism about the quality of life, diminished confidence in the ability of governments to shape brighter and fairer futures, and greater social unrest among other things”);

the great Garry Wills on the Vatican’s bullying of the nuns (in today’s New York Times Maureen Dowd also has one of her rare good columns on the same subject);

Michael Sean WInters’ takedown of the new book by the egregious Ross Douthat;

and finally, this extraordinary New York Times Magazine story by Eliza Griswold about Afghan women who risk death to write poetry.

Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee