author Ben Tarnoff explores three historical incidents of colorful
counterfeiting that entertain as true-crime narratives at the same time as they
illuminate America's love affair with an easy illegal buck (especially when
rationalized by anti-federalist fervor). The roguish romance of DIY currency,
Tarnoff opines, will always be with us.
May 24: Joseph Brodsky was born on this day in 1940 in Leningrad. Brodsky's constitutional skepticism was not compatible with the official Soviet alternatives, and by age twenty-five he was in prison, wrapped in cold, wet sheets as…