The Price of Everything

Economics is far from "the dismal science" in Eduardo Porter's sparkling and often counterintuitive analysis of the values we irrationally assign to myriad services, products, and programs, from coffee to exclusive license plates to health care. 

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…