The Corner

re: Winter Reading

Yuval calls attention to the latest issue of National Affairs, but National Affairs isn’t just a quarterly journal. There’s also a daily website and it features a roundup of academic research. Friday’s edition links to a working paper published by the American Association of Wine Economists. First of all, it’s delightful to know that there is such a thing as the AAWE. I wish there was also an American Association of Beer Economists, but a quick Google search suggests that there isn’t. Maybe it’s because they’d never get anything done. At any rate, the AAWE paper contends that monogamous societies consume a lot more booze than polygamous societies. Make of that what you will. It reminds me of an old W.C. Fields joke: “A woman drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.”

 

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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