Friday, December 28, 2007

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Provocative book: The Status Syndrome.

Author makes strong case that social standing is related to better health. He downplays genetics, compliance, environment--but doesn't ignore them completely. His answer to the question, Can money buy happiness? is a resounding yes.

Later on I'll post his interesting explanation of why Mimi dies of consumption, but not Rudolfo!

And his prescriptions for change. And examples of his felicitous writing.


The Namesake: Film is intelligent and well-acted, but slow. Good insights into Indian culture.

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