The Privileged Question of Whether Money Buys Happiness

For all of time, or at least for the time that monetary exchange has existed, we have been asking ourselves this question: Can I buy happiness with this money? Or, if I were to acquire more money, would that make me happy?

My Father Developed Alzheimer’s Disease and Lost the Ability to Manage Money

In February 2012 we received an unofficial Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and my father’s ability to manage money quickly eroded.

Rich Because Your Parents Are?

The current issue of Fence has an amazing introduction from Rebecca Wolff, the literary magazine and publishing house's editor and creator. In "Publishing is Personal" (pdf, sorry!) Wolff talks about the power and influence that come with deciding what gets published, and how that privilege is or isn't linked to her 'outer resources.'

My Husband Wants Me to Make a Budget But I Don’t Want to Make a Budget

Anyway, my husband is horrified by how I don't budget.
TV

Follow the Money: Netflix and Its $100 Million ‘House of Cards’

The Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which is basically about what might happen if Richard III and Lady Macbeth were married and decided to take over Washington, DC, has been extremely successful. It cleaned up at the Golden Globes, where it dominated the competition, and, along with its sister show “Orange is the New Black,” which is arguably even more incisive and engrossing, has made Netflix the new HBO. But has it made any money?

The show’s two seasons cost $100 million to produce, which is technically if not legally insane, according to industry analysts. Can Netflix recoup that investment?

Money Addiction: It’s Really a Thing

There is a fundamental principle in economics that applies to food, clothing, and even all of those shiny tech gadgets that start with the letter ‘‘i’’: The more of them we have, the less we value them.

But that may not be true when it comes to money.

New research from Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his colleagues at the University of Toronto and Renmin University of China finds that the more money people make, the more they value it.

Boston Globe reports on the results of a study that both seem fairly intuitive and provide some nice background to the story of our friend from yesterday, Sam Polk the recovering money addict.

Are We Really Afraid of Becoming Bag Ladies?

Carrie Bradshaw may well secretly fear she will end up a bag lady. Miranda and the others, probably, not so much. So, ladies, I asked, are you a Carrie/Schwarzbaum?

Thoughts After Overhearing That My Coworker Makes $10K More Than Me

Coworkers <3 <3 <3

Jeggings Are Ruining Everything

OMG, we started putting Lycra in all of our jeans and now our money isn't made of old jeans anymore! Turns out they make money from plain old first generation cotton now. Shame on us.

Two Writers With Control Issues Talk About Money

We are writers in our late twenties, we have control issues, and money is our psychological pawn.