Oreo Cookie Book Club – End this Depression Now & Behind the Beautiful Forevers

The Really Serious Oreo Cookie Book Club met September 15 at the home of John Hall, twelve members strong and discussed End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman. Opinions on Krugman’s economic propositions were divided between those who felt he was shallow and a sham and those who felt he is a great economist and right on target. We seemed to have a lot of economists in the group who didn’t hesitate to have an opinion. There was general agreement that Paul Ryan’s (Republican VP nominee) choice of Ayn Rand as his economic heroine of choice was flawed. Some disputed that economics was a science at all, but all conceded that it was a “dismal science.” And, in that frame of mind, we concluded the meeting.

Next up on October 17 at the home of Norton Schwartz we will, again civilly, discuss the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

—Norton Schwartz