Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Upcoming session re. "Literature and Inequality"

I think you may have to be registered on the Princeton Class of 1978 website to attend this upcoming Zoom session, but just in case you are (or if it's available more broadly), perhaps this might be of interest:

 Crisis and Imagination: Inequality and the Work of Literature

Sunday March 21st, 5 pm ET


Dan Shaviro (Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at New York University Law School) usually writes about tax policy, budget deficits, and Social Security.  So why would he now write a book called Literature and Inequality: Nine Perspectives from the Napoleonic Era Through the First Gilded Age? Do you wonder how such classic fictional works as Pride and PrejudiceA Christmas Carol, and Howards End, through their treatment of wealth, power, and status, might help us understand the growing inequalities in our world today?


Please join Dan and Michael Steinberg (Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History, and Professor of Music and German Studies at Brown University) in a discussion moderated by Amy Dru Stanley (history professor at the University of Chicago who studies American slavery and emancipation, law, political economy, gender, and human rights).  Starting from Dan's new book as their point of departure, these three Classmates, all with European Cultural Studies Program backgrounds that they have incorporated into their personal and professional lives, will help us understand their perspectives on the work that literature can do in helping us to understand the world around us.  Dan's book is available on in hardcover and Kindle versions.

I had been waiting for this for eleven months ...

 Not quite 2 hours ago, I got my first COVID vaccine (Pfizer). I became eligible in NYS on February 15, but hadn't been able to do better than scheduling a March 10 shot in the Javits Center. But today NYU Langone, where I see my doctors, notified me that slots were available immediately.

Right around now, I suppose the local forces in my right shoulder are saying: "What the f*** is this?! We'd better contact Headquarters for backup and analysis." Little do they, or for that matter HQ, realize that the central executive function (which I call me) had deliberately arranged this false-flag incursion, for all of our mutual benefit.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Part 1 of my article on digital service taxes has now appeared in print and online

 An article of mine (written in 2019) on digital service taxes has newly been posted here, courtesy of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, where it has just appeared. I don't share many American tax policy types' hostility to DSTs. Part 2 of the article will be in the next issue.