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On Luxury Beliefs

On Luxury Beliefs

I read a fascinating article recently comparing so-called ‘luxury beliefs’ to Veblen goods. The definition is as follows: ” Luxury beliefs are ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.” I’d always considered that luxury beliefs were adopted simply because they sounded nice, allowing the rich (here including the middle classes) to adopt unrealistic ideas that salved their conscience while ignoring the heavy cost that was paid…

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Three detective stories

Three detective stories

I seem to have been reading and watching a number of detective stories recently. Here are three recommendations; all very different, all very good. 1. The Mystery of the Yellow Room – Gaston Leroux One of the first ‘locked room’ murder mysteries from the author of The Phantom of the Opera, this was a straightforward classic detective story, very good and very clever. 2. Storm Front (Dresden Files, Book 1) – Jim Butcher Recommended to me by someone who knew…

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